A member asked:

Can stress/anxiety make gerd/acid reflux worse? dr. thinks i have gerd. i've had anxiety lately and the gerd seems to be worse with anxiety.

8 doctors weighed in across 5 answers
Dr. Michael Roman answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Can make the gerd symptoms worse. Talk to your doctor about the best treatments

Answered Aug 22, 2014


Dr. Vahe Yetimyan answered

Specializes in General Practice

make worse because acid secretion of the stomach increases with stress and anxiety.

Answered Oct 1, 2018


Dr. Rex Mahnensmith answered

Specializes in

Yes. Stomach acid secretion increases with stress. More acid can mean more reflux, potentially. GERD relieve includes diet modifications, smaller portions, thorough chewing, not overfilling stomach, antacid use, and acid blocker rx. Advil (ibuprofen) can increase risks a bit. Work on relaxation techniques, deep breathing, praying, yoga, pacing, music, singing, etc.

Answered Mar 16, 2019


Dr. William Coutts ii answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Stress can just about anything worse. therefore it can ceratinly make your GERD worse. Exercise is one of the best stress relievers. You need to checked out by your family doctor and see what is best to treat your GERD.

Answered Aug 18, 2017


Dr. Carlos Barrios answered

Specializes in Child Psychiatry

Along with treatment for GERD , describe any other items related to your anxiety such as what may be stressing you out and any other symptoms of anxiety you have. The doc may feel comfortable treating the anxiety or refer you to a therapist and or psychiatrist if severe enough. With only a few exceptions in short run, avoid benzos- they are not effective in the long run and lead to addiction.

Answered Apr 29, 2018



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