I'm Dan and I've had a couple of really bad flareups of GERD within the past month which required visits to a local ER due to 'chest pain'. I work in a local ER as a tech/aide/runner on the evening shift for the past 11 years. From the time I first started in the ER, working in a completely new environment, subconsciously, my mind tells my body to tighten up to the point that I develop 'constipation' during my entire shift. Once in a while I might be able to have a bm, but, not very often. I do also have a problem dealing with the stress and, therefore, feeling anxious. Could this anxiety/stress causing the constipation in turn be causing these GERD flareups?View Thread
Hi, gingy11. Your advice about 'if I got to go, I got to go' is definitely good advice. However, that's part of the problem. This bottling it all up mentality is like 'automatic pilot', it starts even before I walk in the door. So, most days when I work my 8 hour shift, I plain can't go. This used to be much worse where this would go on for days. Just the idea of having to be available at a moments notice tells my mind and, therefore, my GI tract to just tighten right up and not be able to relax. So, I don't know what the solution(s) might be. Maybe it's gotten to the point where I need to seek some help in being able to relax and calm down this stress/anxiety issue of mine. Regarding the GERD itself, I'll be seeing a GI specialist next month to get a better handle on that. Thanks.View Thread
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