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Anxiety through the roof, could it be making reflux worse?

Booth29
Booth29

Had endoscopy last month, as acid reflux bad despite being on 40 mg nexium, found a small hiatal hernia and a touch of gastritis. You’d think that I’d be reassured, but no! I’m still getting burning throat and mouth and sometimes chest, I’ve upped nexium to 40 mg twice a day, and gaviscon after meals. Medication causing my ibs to flare up too, I’m sooo bloated! Just desperate to feel ok. Gp didn’t seem concerned, just advised to watch diet, try lose a bit of weight, and de stress(haha) and I should be ok. My question is, could it be the anxiety that’s making the reflux worse? And ibs contributing as well? Trying to de stress, started taking kalms, don’t know if I should go back to Gp, just feel thouraghly miserable. Any advice be much appreciated 😢

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I have had the same problem. I do have gastritis anyway had it for some years it flares occasionally but usually run fine. Last year it would not settle down so I went for endoscopy they only found small hiatus hernia. My symptoms stayed with me for a long time after that but they do go and now back to normal on my one tablet a day. Have faith. I take 1 lansoprozal a day of 15 mg to keep gastritis under control.

Booth29
Booth29
in reply to deepest

How long did it take for the symptoms to go? I feel as though I’m getting worse not better, and I’m so stressed, can’t stop thinking about it and worried that it’s never going to get any better.

deepest
deepest
in reply to Booth29

I thought exactly the same. Went to dtr who told me you could still get symptoms after for a while. Took a few weeks but gradually is eased away. I was convinced I'd got throat cancer and it had been missed. Reflux is acid which must burn the throat so until it heals there will be symptoms.

Booth29
Booth29
in reply to deepest

Thank you, have made docs appt to discuss anxiety, think if I can get it under control I’ll feel a lot more positive.

And adding to that great advice from deepest, yes, anxiety will make it all worse. See if you can get some treatment for that too. Doctor does not appear to be taking this seriously enough.

Sue0859
Sue0859
in reply to Kilgh

Similar here with small hiatus hernia and acid reflux. I am taking lansoprazole 30mg in the morning but still having to take Gaviscon later in the day. I had a bad spell earlier last year and took 30mg twice a day but felt so bloated and uncomfortable I reduced then stopped altogether. I had a few bad days then it went away! I was OK for about 6 months then it flared up again. At the moment I am also anxious with it so I know this doesn't help but when it keeps on for so long it's difficult not to worry,

Kilgh
Kilgh
in reply to Sue0859

I have been in a flare up for 4 months now. IBS one I should say. Anxiety was beginning to get to me big time as it is not going away. So I tried to tell my GP and Gastro how bad it was getting and didn't get anywhere. So I just went straight to a Psychiatrist and am getting the Anxiety treated separately or I don't think I will ever get out this flare up.

Booth29
Booth29
in reply to Sue0859

Know what you mean, I’ve had flare ups before but never for as long or as bad as now, that’s what’s making me so anxious. Nothing seems to be working either, so more worry, just a vicious circle!

Liz1234ty
Liz1234ty
in reply to Booth29

Have you had stomach acid checked? Since PPIs etc not working for you i wonder if you have low stomach acid not high. Both can cause similar symptoms but need v different treatment. Ps be careful of long term PPI use. I think my use of this resulted in low stomach acid which then led to SIBO with associted bloating and gas.

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