On Friday the 30th October, I was eating my meal when I had what I think was a servere acid reflux attack I couldn't breathe and my hands started tingling and I thought I was gonna die the pain was unbearable and it felt like someone was squeezing my throat and I bought some liquid up, I called ambulance and stuff but they left after it ended this unknown attack, I haven't eaten since and I'm scared to I keep panicking really badly I think it's gonna return I keep bringing wind up and sips of water is all I have it's draining me down now to the point I'm stuck in bed unable to move worrying about another of these unknown attacks. I have been put on beta blockers for my soaring heart rate (probably down to this 24/7 anxiety), the most I have eaten is jelly and that left me so scared and in fear. It's depressing I want to eat a nice samwich or biscuit but nope just to scared to eat in case of one of these freak attacks please help me im begging and desperate, I'm 16 year old male UK.
My understanding of GERD is that it comes after eating, not during and not before. Often it comes if one lies down too soon after eating. Because GERD is a digestive problem based on a problem with acid production being thrown off in your stomach, not eating is not a great thing either -- eating small meals through the day is better. So you're not really helping this particular problem by not eating. All these names -- GERD, gastritis, etc. are just names for a digestive problem that can be caused by stress, not chewing your food thoroughly, eating too quickly, eating foods you don't digest well because of intolerance or allergy, etc. The cure is to figure out what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat, not to stop eating.
100 % agree with paxiled. Worse thing you can do is not eat, especially with anxiety. Eat small meals and it wouldn't hurt to speak with you parents about meeting with a therapist. Don't worry too much. I was around your age when I began to have issues with anxiety. Try to do something you enjoy and start eating smalls meals throughout the day. Also, be sure to stay hydrated.
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