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can high levels of anxiety cause gerd or acid reflux disease? and how are stomach ulcers formed from anxiety? are they all related?

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
41 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Anxiety can cause the autonomic nervous system to go into a state of override and lead to increased production of gastric acid which can erode the lining of the stomach leading to ulcer formation. Inflammation of the stomach and duodenum can slow transit and lead to reflux.
Answered on Jun 30, 2015
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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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ICU patients get stress ulcer prevention treatment.
Nov 28, 2014
Dr. Robert Sterling
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MonkeySeeMonkeyDie: There was an experiment years ago titled something like"Ulcers in Executive monkeys"where in short,monkeys who were over-stressed developed stomach ulcers and many died.A shitty way to treat monkeys but it made a point: stress sucks.This is due to how we primates are wired. Maybe long ago stress was related to stressful hunting,then eating a big batch of tough,raw meat,requiring more gastric juice
Answered on Nov 28, 2014

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