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Hi - I started with acid reflux on holiday last December and was quite bad over Christmas. I was put on Ezomprazole/Nexium and now im on one per day 20mg. I suffer from bad anxiety and also health anxiety and now although im not getting acid as such im getting a really irritated throat when i concentrate on it. I have had the odd bout of acid but im not sure if its linked to stress. I hate being on these tablets which is adding to my anxiety. I have a hospital appointment on June 21st and im not even sure what to say to them. Can they test if I am suffering from acid and if its medically caused? or are my remaining symptoms simply psychosomatic and how can they tell? ive got myself into a bit of a mess over it all and i get so paranoid that it will come back that im focusing on the feeling in my throat all the time waiting for it to happen. Its like I have a heightened feeling of awareness in my esophagus. I dont want the hospital to think im wasting their time as i am in an endless cycle of worry and it happening and dont know what advice to ask for. can anyone at all help? thanks Jo 

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    Have you had an endoscopy - did u have a clear diagnosis? 

    Anxiety causes acid - (bile acid and acid reflux can cause anxiety )catch 22

    Once you get an understanding of what you are dealing with then you can go forward

    Hopefully you will be able to get off Nexium (PPI) as they can deplete magnesium B vitamins and a lot of other consequences -

    You need to manage your anxiety and start relaxing -

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      Yes i had one in January and it showed mild gastritis but thats it. I still dont know if the hospital are able to conduct tests to be able to determine if its medical or caused by anxiety of it im just getting the sore feeling pyschosematically? 
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      Well your next step would be to visit an ear nose throat doctor ENT

      And if you are feeling better with the anti reflux - think about getting off - it could take a month of slowing weaning yourself

      Continue to eat properly - as I feel gastritis - acid etc etc is really a life long thing but can wax and wane - come and go especially in times of anxiety and stress - if the ENT finds nothing - it could be very well anxiety and can cause that throat problem - 

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      Thanks so much. my appointment is with the gastro department not ENT so do you think they can advise in the same way and have a look in my throat or not? it feels like my throat and tube if that makes sense. 
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    joed, I too suffer from an anxiety disorder and have similar symptoms to those you describe. I have seen both ENT  a Gastroenterologist and have taken PPI and H2 blocker meds with little success. Look into a malady with a long medical name that is also known as LPR or silent reflux. Google for more information. This will give you something to say on your visit on June 21.

    Be well

     

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      my friend has silent reflux. do you think thats what it may be? i know the body can cause all sorts of things through stress and being on these tablets is stressing me out more! i just want them to tell me either way if its medical or self induced? 
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    Then it would be wise to address that as well. It's hard to make rational choices when you are in the throws of an anxiety attack. Small problems become overwhelming which leads to more anxiety. Speak to your Doctor about this and ask for a medication that will calm your anxious mind. 

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