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A bit of background for context, sorry if it is long winded.....
I'm a 58 years old male and have some chronic health issues. Due to those comes the need to use pain relief medication at times. Primarily it can be my back problems which can trigger that need. That situation is somewhat manageable and it is what it is following several back operations many years ago.
But around 1.5 years ago I started to experience some reflux issues. I felt the reflux come up into my mouth on a few occasions.
What I didn't feel was the silent type of reflux, the type that might accompany a burp and travel up to your larynx and vocal cords.
After seeing two different ENT specialists who diagnosed LPR I tried PPI's for around 5 months in total, two different types. I do not think that they helped.
Saw a Gastroenterologist and after endoscopy and other tests he didn't feel that LPR suited the diagnosis but instead preferred to use the words of functional reflux. He even used the expression NERD, non erosive reflux disease. He suggested to use Nortriptyline.
So at the present I'm left with modifications to my diet and eating habits as well as using Nortriptyline and the advanced Gaviscon.
My voice can be hoarse at times and both the back of my throat and ears can also be painful.
The above is difficult to resolve as there seems to be no one solution but a series of things to do to manage it as best as possible.
It is the relationship between reflux and anxiety which concerns me.
I have always a suffered from both anxiety and depression over my life. I have had medical support which had included trying medication as well as CBT and Mindfulness counselling. For those of you who are also suffering from either or both of those conditions you will appreciate that it can be the matter of management rather than then being cured or resolved. Sometimes it can be overwhelming.
But I'm feeling that there can be times when my symptoms of reflux seem to be better than other times and yet anxiety can then make them much worse.
Does anyone else feel that their control of reflux can be affected in that way..?
Having recently accepted that there could be a link it is a little tenuous at the moment. But that doesn't mean that it isn't real.
I'm trying to concentrate more on gut health and digestion, along with lifestyle changes etc to help with this reflux and LPR.
As mentioned PPI's didn't seem to be that effective, if the reflux is more of stomach contents rather than that of excess acid.
Thanks for any advice regrading the possible link of anxiety to reflux. Whilst not perhaps being the single cause I do think that it is a big factor in being able to control it.
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