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What causes acid reflux?

I am a 28 year old female that has anxiety, health anxiety, and depression. Lately I have been short of breath and feel nauseated. I do have acid reflux. But is the shortness of breath anxiety related or is it my heart? It usually tends to happen at night!
Thu, 8 Sep 2016
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Hi.
Thanks for your query.
Noted the history of a 28 year old female having anxiety, health anxiety and depression, lately have short of breath and wants to know whether the shortness of breath is due to anxiety or related to to the heart as it happens at night ...
I can understand the anxiety part but why - this you alone can tell. You are too young and a female of just 28 hence not much related to the heart problems as I suppose and that you have not given any other history related to the heart.
You also have GERD, that is acid reflux and is connected to the anxiety part.
You may ask you Doctor to treat your anxiety also, may be with medications and then she would be symptoms free.
Also take a PPI like Omeprazole, antacid, soft bland diet, small frequent meals. Early dinner with home made foods and beverages. No junk foods at all.
Your shortness of breath may not be related to the heart as there are no other symptoms that you have talked about.
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