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On Omeprazole for GERD, constant bloating, urge to take deep breaths, diagnosed as anxiety, panic disorder. What else could it be?

Hello, my name is Justin, im 29, 6ft, 220 pounds. I have upper and lower stomache discomfort and a constint feeling of bloatness and a decended stomache. About a few monthes ago the breathing troubles came. I have ti take a deep breathe every 30secs to 2 mins and when I do I have the feeling to take a deep breathe again. My throat constintly feels tight and im always nauseous. I have been diagnosed with GERD and have been taking Omeprazole for the acid for years now. It stops my heart burn but not the bloated, uncomfortable stomache or the constant deep breaths... am very depressed and my life has gone downhill. I have a panic disorder as well and an anxiety disorder as well. I have been told that my conditions are pruient to my anxiety disorder and stress by a few doctors...i am having trouble accepting it, I am worried that there is something else wrong and its making me stressed out and have even more anxiety, I geuss m adding more feul to the fire but its just very worrisome. Thank you for reading this and I am looking forward to some advice, thank you :)
Asked On : Wed, 26 Sep 2012
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Hi jduub28,

I can understand your concern for your health. Why do you feel so sick? After reading your symptoms I came to the conclusion that your GERD symptoms are not so severe as many other patients have. You are showing improvements. Bloating and burping are normal features of a healthy body. The GERD patients have the sensations of food being stuck making them very uncomfortable. You only need to take deep breaths every now and then to feel better. You will get rid of this problem once you start performing yoga under an expert. Try to make your room airy and fresh. Take morning walks and do workouts to breath still better. I am sure you will enjoy doing all these.

You are always feeling nauseous and your throat is feeling tight because you are not taking sufficient fluids, take a lot of berries, fruits veggies, soups, juice and pure hygienic water. You can take some enzymes after consultation with a doctor for still better health.

If you want you can reduce the bloating feeling. You will have to change your food habits. Take substantial and nutritious food. Take fluids and water an hour before you take your meals. Do not drink water or any other fluid for 40-45 minutes after you eat anything, even after snacks. You have a delicate body system. Let the food settle well. This will help to cut down the gas formation and the abdominal fullness that you have. Avoid spicy, oily junk food.

To reduce bloating keep bowels clean, avoid constipation. Eat high fiber diet and improve your toilet habits. Do not get obese, control weight, do regular exercise. Most obese people suffer from bloating. Do not take alcohol and avoid smoking. It is fine if you are not addicted to all these.

Once you work on the above stated factors you will realize that your anxiety problems and panic attacks have reduced remarkably. Have a nice day, take care.
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