GERD AND STRESS

Gerd and Stress :  It is very correct that whenever you are upset and distressed, your medical problem usually worsens along with your emotional state. If your primary medical condition is GERD or migraine, headaches or backaches or one of the many other medical problems that people used to suffer on a chronic basis, you are more likely to suffer from physical setback when your mood or circumstances go south. 

One reason behind this is that whenever you are upset, your body tenses up and start releasing adrenaline which starts flowing, and your heart rate speeds up to name just a few body responses to stress. At the same time, some of the body functions, such as digestion, slow down and/or become impaired as the stomach delays its emptying process. Hence your body reacts in a ‘fight o flight’ mode.

Yet most of the time you have to fight and you cannot run off somewhere. So, whenever you are in the middle of a crisis whether it’s an argument with a spouse, bad news about a friend, or something else, your body absorbs that emotional pressure and often translates it into a medical problem and/or pain, particularly the chronic type.   

It is also true-although few people realize this-that positive stress can have a definite effect on your emotional state as well as your digestive system. Even in case, you don’t think of being promoted, getting married, buying a much-wanted house and so forth as stressful-they are. Changes, whether good or bad, can be very difficult to adjust to and may activate your adrenaline and affect your digestion. 

When you effectively cope with the level of stress in your life, in most cases your GERD attacks will become less frequent. This doesn’t mean that it is your fault that you have GERD. It means that you need to look at techniques that can enable you to learn to relax your body and “go with the flow” potential.  

According to Physicians – 

Nearly all of the physicians have revealed that stress plays an important part in the health of the patients. As most of the traditional systems of medicine, in some form or other, believe that the digestive system is comparable to a pulse or barometer, in the sense that it reacts not only to internal stresses but also to the external strains of life. This reaction brings out an imbalance.

In a study reported in the 1994 issue of gastroenterology, Julie McDonald-Haile and her colleagues revealed that stress that was induced in the laboratory also increased reflux symptoms. Relaxation training enabled patients to experience a decrease in both recorded stress and reflux symptoms.

According to some scientists techniques like relaxation therapy can easily decrease the stress level and measurably reduce the level of acid and reflux problems in patients with acid reflux. Biofeedback training and even simple exercising can also help greatly to reduce stress levels, and in turn, calm the digestive system. 

But before you decide how to rid yourself of excessive stress, you need an awareness of how much stress you are facing now. You can go with this test, created by Vedas Cure, to get an idea of your stress levels by checking a “Yes” or “No” response for each of the questions. After that, you can go with the techniques to bring out the levels down to a workable level.

Let us begin with the stress level Self-Test

For the test you have to answer “Yes” or “No” to the following questions: – 

  1. I am so tensed that I could scream!
  2. I often snap at people who ask me questions politely
  3. If someone cuts me off in traffic, I feel like I might have an attack of ‘road rage”
  4. It doesn’t take much to set me on edge. A few words, a look, or even someone brushing past me can raise my hackles. 
  5. It takes me longer than an hour to fall asleep. 
  6. I wake up more than once a night and sometimes spend an hour or more worrying over my problems before going back to bed. 
  7. I frequently miss meals and then grab something (usually junk food) on the run. 
  8. I seem to be getting more colds and minor illness than I used to. 
  9. There is something which is distracting me; I am not able to concentrate at my task. This hasn’t been a problem for me before. 
  10. My partner is complaining that I never want to have sex anymore. 
  11. I wake up in the morning with a sense of dread about the coming day. 
  12. I owe more money than I could pay back in a year. 
  13. I got promoted or demoted at work within the past six months. 
  14. I bought a new house or moved into a new apartment within the past six months. 
  15. I started living with a new person in the past six months. 

If your answer is “Yes” to ten or more of these statements, then you need to relieve your stress level which you are going through. You can consult with your therapist what is the underlying reason for your stress. 

In case, if you have answered yes to five to nine questions, you are at least moderately stressed and could be well headed towards a mental meltdown. It is a nice idea to take action as soon as possible to prevent that from happening. 

What in that case, if you have only one or two responses as “Yes”. As even one or two yes indicates that there is a possible problem. However, it is much more likely that you have developed some of the effective strategies to cope with some of the stressors in your life.

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