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Suffering from GERD, Anxiety - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
User :   I am a 21 year old woman who was diagnosed with GERD and it's my 3rd day taking Prilosec. Before being diagnosed Id only get regurgitation of food when i ate a large meal. Two days before being diagnosed I tried eating small meals but a bit of acid still came up so i went in and that's when i was diagnosed.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   ever since being diagnosed i keep belching
Doctor :   have u been benefited with the medicines u r on ?
User :   it's been three days and i have stuck to eating a health diet. yesterday after i belched a bit of banana that i had finished eating came up
User :   other than that
User :   nothing else has come up
User :   my throat pain has lessend
User :   i just want to know why since ive been diagnosed ive been belching so much
User :   i never did that before
User :   just out of nowhere
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   you can take some activated charcoal tablets for your belching
User :   can this be anxiety?
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   anxiety does not present this way
User :   i read that GERD symptoms can flare up with anxiety
User :   since i was diagnosed i became very anxious and sad about my diagnosis
Doctor :   anxiety is common in type A personality patients, who can develop gastritis , due to excess acid secretion
Doctor :   this is stress hormone induced
Doctor :   the excess acid produced causes such symptoms of burning pain
Doctor :   if there is coexisting lower esophageal sphincter relaxation, then it can cause regurgitation
Doctor :   the best way to handle this is use of antacids like tums, mylanta and ..
Doctor :   and prilosec (omeprazole) tablets to reduce the acid production
Doctor :   physical workouts , and change of diet habits are helpful too
Doctor :   if too much belching is your problem, charcol tablets 500 mg will help to reduce the gas production
User :   is belching a symptom of GERD?
Doctor :   yes
User :   how much is normal belching after eating? and what is excessive belching?
Doctor :   presence of too much of discomfort and abdominal pain in association with belching is excessive
User :   i dont have much of that
Doctor :   in that case, you have minimal issues and they can be sorted out soon with charcoal tablets
User :   i just feel anxious everytime i eat anything now that i learned about GERD. it never happened until i was told i had it.
User :   i literally just freeze and wait to see if i dont have any symptoms or regurgitation
Doctor :   it is probably psychologic , but once you know that it can be cured, the feeling and anxiety will definitely go away
User :   so it can be cured with lifestyle changes?
Doctor :   yes , definitely
Doctor :   walking for 30 min after meals , will help reduce the symptoms
User :   i have started working out and mindng what i eat since then.
Doctor :   keeping the head end of the bed, elevated, will help too
Doctor :   in addition, taking a low fat, and less spicy diet, with more fibre content will help too
User :   i will see my doctor in two weeks
User :   if the medication seems to be working
User :   what will happen?
Doctor :   ok
User :   will i continue taking it?
Doctor :   your symptoms will subside
Doctor :   and u may not need any medications
User :   my throat has gotten better but im worried about that little bit of banana that came up yesterday
User :   its only been 3 days of medication tho
Doctor :   that is fine , no need to worry
Doctor :   in case, a week long of medications may help again
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here
Doctor :   bye for now
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