'Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD

I have acid reflux, bloating and regurgitation at present

Does anyone have any anxiety coping strategies?
I have acid reflux, bloating and regurgitation at present - I have asthma underlying (but it appears to be fine, no wheeze etc).
Well of course the acid and bloating etc causes breathlessness and sets off my anxiety, as I can't help but worry about having an asthma attack any minute..
Any anxiety strategies?

COMMENT:

Karen Spring
I am exactly the same. Sometimes I am not sure if the breathlessness and tight chest is asthma or acid reflux. I am waiting for an appointment for a endoscopy which according to the hospital will not be until next year. I also suffer with anxiety and I try and keep busy, long walks with my dog, relaxation cd's and now learning mindfulness from a book. My doctor gave me Lanzaprazole but I have stopped them as I feel they made me worse. It is certainly miserable xx

Jemma Louise Massey
Im on lansoprazole too and it doesnt feel like its doing too much haha. Im waiting for endoscopy also. With the breathlessness, does yours ever feel like its coming from below ribcage due to bloating and reflux? x

Karen Spring
Yes below rib cage in the centre. I did read that acid can get into the lungs and cause asthma like symptoms. Nothing seems to work but I do not want to take PPI's indefinitely. I sometimes wonder if asthma preventatives cause reflux but my doctor does not think so!

Jemma Louise Massey
Yes thats exactly where I get it aswell, couldnt have described it any better.. Yeah I heard that too - I always wonder if the acid could be in my lungs making me breathless. Do you find that even if you walk up stairs, you get really out of breath due to the stomach symptoms? Im not sure about the inhalers causing acid..might ask the stomach specialist next time I see him x.

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Karen Spring
My worst time is when I wake in the morning and I go downstairs to make tea and then bring it back upstairs and feel so breathless after walking up the stairs. Also when I walk my dog up hills so I sometimes I have to use my inhaler. I know it is the reflux that is causing the breathlessness but when I told my doctor he just upped my inhaler! I try and eat much slower and relax whilst eating but I still get acid and reflux. I just hope that the endoscopy when I eventually have it shows something otherwise not sure what happens then. I can't live with this for the rest of my life!

Jemma Louise Massey
Do you think hiatus hernia could be a possibility for us? It sounds a likely cause of the shortness of breath x

Karen Spring
An endoscopy will show this up if we have. Have you got a date for yours?

Jemma Louise Massey
No not yet, they said im top of the list to be given a date though now. So hopefully not too long! Have you got one? X

Karen Spring
It is a month since I was referred and I have not heard a thing. I phoned the doctors yesterday and all she could say was I am on the list. I have to have a consultation first which will probably be in January and then wait for an endoscopy. Probably be months!

Karen Mellett
Doed anyone have trouble sometimes swallowing... I never know if it's caused by the anxiety or gerd

Jemma Louise Massey
I definitely do sometimes..its almost like I have to push the food down. Id say more related to gerd, id go back to see doc if you having swallowing issues - thats what ive done incase things are progressing x.

Lizelle Ferreira
All your symptoms might stem from your omprezole use. Look up the side effects, you'll be surprized...i stopped my omprezole a week ago, and all the same symptoms your dercribing desapeared...have look further down in the news feeds i posted a drug watch article about these ppi meds. Good luck hope you feel better soon.

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