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Topic: Anxiety, palpitations and burping

2 posts, 0 answered
  1. Missmary05
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    11 May 2021
    Hi all, not sure if the post I was writing disappeared, so I'll rewrite. I've had anxiety all my life, but the symptoms of the latest flareup are extremely loud burping which can go on for quite a while after most meals, and often leads to bouts of ectopy (3 or 4 normal beats, then a skipped beat or double beat). I have a hiatus hernia so am thinking my present anxiety could be exacerbating the gerd. I have this most days at the moment, and have had it before with previous bouts of anxiety. When I am relaxed, I don't get the burping or the palpitations. I've had tests which show my heart is fine but it's still scary, and the more I tense up, the more everything happens. I also sometimes get it when I wake in the night, but not as badly, and I find mornings are the worst times for me. I've started seeing a psychologist, and am taking essential oils and natural minerals (not sure how well they're working though). Don't want to make a habit of my medication either, but would like to know if anyone else has these anxiety symptoms, and if so, what do they find works for them.
  2. BeADodo
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    11 posts
    12 May 2021 in reply to Missmary05

    Hi Missmary05,

    I thought I was writing this for a moment, though I don't really get palpitations.

    I have a Haitus Hernia and eosinophilic esophagitis, so I often end up with a lot more burping or belching than most other people I know. Stressful situations do tend to make me tense up too, even if I'm not aware of it, as it usually results in either a few bubbles or a low drawn out belch. To avoid being embarrassed by it, I guess I started finding a way to make it come out more silently, by positioning myself a certain way to let it come out quieter? Kinda like a silent fart :P.

    I had GERD and was taking the typically prescribed meds in the past, but after doing a low FODMAP diet, and identifying broadly what foods and how much cause me more gas or reflux (for instance more than one slice of watermelon gives me gas, and a single slice of rye bread gives me reflux), I have not needed them. I also found out that much of my reflux was not food related, but anxiety related (e.g the drive to work, or having to present something).

    When I have any anxiety-inducing events coming up, I avoid eating too much before, to avoid creating more issues. If you haven't tried an elimination diet designed to identify what causes gas the most, I'd definitely recommend it - I went to a nutritionalist to do it. I found that knowing what foods or drinks gave me reflux, reduced my anxiety in certain situations because I knew I could control the gas, by avoiding certain foods in the lead up to something that I was worried about (because the feeling of trying to talk over a bubbling bit of reflux is anxiety-inducing enough!)

    When anxiety builds up during the week for me and I know my whole body is tense, I like to go get a massage, or go for a good long walk in a rainforest or mountain area, I find it super soothing. The smiling mind app is also pretty great for relaxation. The best trick I've found for my anxiety, is a good several hour distraction.

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