Even Yoga Instructors have stress and Acid Reflux

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I recently overcame a weeklong bout of horrible acid reflux ... here is what I learned:

1.  STRESS is the main culprit. 

2.  I was on HRT

3.  I was not taking care of myself

Here is what I did:

1.  Started using Chinese healing techniques "The Healer Within" by Roger Jahnke

2.  Went off HRT (for now? forever?)

3.  Ate a bland diet - removed all foods that cause it.  Lists are everywhere.

4.  Here's the biggie - started drinking kombucha every day.  Your stomach needs good probiotics!

5.  I increased my Lexapro from 10 mg to 20 mg.  Yes, I am on anti-anxiety meds!  Did I mention I have 3 teenagers?!

6.  Started saying No to people.

I refused to go on Prilosec.... but I completely understand why people do.  This is one of the most uncomfortable things I ever dealt with.  My stress level was out of control - even though I teach yoga I have 3 teenagers and I was not taking care of myself.  Meditation and breath saved me!  Thoughts and prayers are with all of you ... you have my compassion.  

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    I appreciate your post so much and I am glad you have found some relief.  Hey, no shame here..I've been in your shoessmile I have a question for you since you teach Yoga..I feel like I desperately need Yoga but am held back by the fear that at 61 I will go in a class and look like a complete moron..I know that sounds ridiculous but where do I start?

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      Start with a beginner level class.  Try community ed or parks and rec.  Tell the instructor you are new.  Also you can get a beginner level DVD and try it at home first.   Also-try meditation!
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    Thanks for posting this and I'm sorry that you have been feeling so rough but it does prove that anyone can suffer. I have had a flare up since July and have lost over 2 stone in weight ( I did need to lose a bit but not really like this and so quickly!). It truly is horrible and I agree that stress seems to be the biggest culprit. I have started to improve a bit although still sleeping in a recliner and eating very bland foods etc. However, I did discover that even 'good' stress can affect me as I was watching my daughter play in a very exciting netball match last night and as my adrenalin spiked, so did my reflux and my stomach was jumping all over the place. It was awful and I nearly had to leave. Wonder if there is a calm me down now tablet cause I need it wink

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