Anxiety and GERD (acid reflux): What do you do that helps?
I’ve had acid reflux for years. Also on medication for it for years. I wasn’t diagnosed with anxiety until way after the reflux. I was on Celexa for years but I took myself off of it back in early 2020. My psychiatrist stopped seeing patients. Now he’s back and I’ve been seeing him again for about a year. I suppose I must of gradually weaned myself off of celexa because at the time I didn’t have any problems. He’s tried several different meds for anxiety but I’m very sensitive. I get side effects very easily and can’t tolerate them. Even tried going back on Celexa. Couldn’t do it unless dosage was too high. Tried Pristiq and it wasn’t good. Pure hell to wean off of that. I was on low dose 50mg a day for 5-6 weeks. Wasn’t feeling right. He had me wean off of it in 13 days. Then put me on propranolol (beta blocker) for anxiety. Since being on all different meds, especially Pristiq sometimes I lose my train of thought. He has me on Nexium twice a day for awhile for the reflux. In the past I would only take it twice a day if reflux acted up. Read beta blockers can give heartburn and weaken the splinter to your stomach. In turn cause reflux problems. Has anyone with anxiety and reflux experience any of this? If so, what did you do? Thank you.
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I was on celexa and weaned my self off twice for the same reason. I also have Gerd and Functional Dyspepsia. I also take propanonol. The only thing that helps is not eating much. I wish I could see a therapist to talk to. I feel I need mental health options to get through. I tried the Mayo where I Dr and theysay their Drs are not taking new patients as they fro not have enough Drs.. It is so frustrating when you have gone there for the original diognoisis. I feel abandoned and hope some one has exercises to help with anxiety.
You are not alone. There is a change going through Mayo that is deeply troubling to many patients. We will resolve this.
Hi @ivon, have you tried FDgard for your Functional Dyspepsia? It has really helped my husband over the past year to the point he no longer has to take it! His gastroenterologist suggested it. FDgard is an over the counter product that targets the gut with soothing caraway oil and peppermint oil. It would bring my husband immediate relief.
It’s sold in drugstores and places like Amazon. He’d also sip on ice water before he discovered the FDgard.
Having stomach issues can really be frustrating and cause a lot of stress. You mentioned wanting exercises to help with anxiety. Because of Covid, it is sometimes difficult to get appointments we need with therapists, so there are things we can do at home to relieve anxiety.
Youtube has a lot of videos for calming and clearing the mind. I posted some links for you to get you started.
Anytime I’m feeling anxious I work on distracting myself through artwork, sewing, etc. I also take 2 very long walks daily which really helps keep the mind centered. But even short walks can clear the head! Do you enjoy walking or exercise daily? What types of activities do you enjoy doing?
Hi Ivon. I’m the one that originally posted about anxiety and GERD. Like I said propranolol weakens the splincter to your stomach. My regular dr stated it also. It allows acid back up. I think it’s a vicious circle. I started having more reflux problems after I was put on the extended release propranolol. For 3 days constant nausea. Went back to the regular propranolol. But having restless and edginess. About a year ago I was told about FDgard. It didn’t help me. I think all these different antidepressants I’ve tried put havoc on my digestive issues. As for Mayo, we don’t live close by even if they accepted new patients. For somewhat with anxiety it’s difficult to go far away. Plus the reflux makes you so uncomfortable. I see a therapist and a psychiatrist. I understand your frustration. When you feel
horrible exercise for me doesn’t seem to help. Trying to journal. Sometimes doing a craft. All of it doesn’t seem to help. I was doing fine until pandemic hit and then I took myself off of celexa. At the time of that I wasn’t seeing a therapist or psychiatrist. I started back seeing my old psychiatrist in late 2020 and started to try all different meds. I’ve been suffering over a year. So I hope you can find relief. If you do, tell me what you did and i could try it. Good luck and thank you for listening
Thank you. I also was stuck on extended release propranolol and yes same thing. I had a Cardiologist who was my father's friend and he said just take propranolol when I needed it. I used FDguard reg 2 years ago until I did not need it and this trip around it does not help. I guess sm portions of food and lots of yoga and mind streangh will have to get me through and hope summer weather will help.
What has helped me with anxiety is the Alexander Technique. Due to the pandemic I started it with Zoom sessions then afterwards with in-person appointments.
For example it is one thing to do deep breathing but if your posture leaves a lot to be desired you aren’t expanding your lungs as fully. Alexander really has helped me with this.
As for GERD I just do the small steps & hope they all add up: the wedge to elevate my head, if I want to keep a spicy food in my diet like garlic I substitute homeopathic garlic. I try to avoid exercise following eating, etc. I look on this site over the course of the day too, & add my two cents!
Thank you all so much. Every little share picks me up.i just finished a you tube exercise and I am so pleased. God Bless
I've been dealing with GERD and IBS. Had paraesophigial hiatal hernia surgery at Mayo's. Also been tested for food intolerances. Am doing both the FODMap diet and PPI's (which I'm nervous about). One trick that I've learned for temporary relief is a tsp of flavored vinegar, followed by water to get rid of the taste. Doesn't cure but does solve the immediate GERD problem.
Vinegar is very acidic and will burn the esophagus and should be avoided.
I’m curious….the surgery for the hernia didn’t help the GERD? Thank you.