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Last Sunday the 17 I experienced like the food was getting stuck in my chest. I went to the doctor and the doctor said it sounded like I have gerd and put me on omeprazole. I was thinking I might just have anxiety that may be causing my digestive problems. Any help will be greatly appreciated

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Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 4 Days.

Thank you for posting your query at DoctorSpring.com
I understand your concern.
The feeling you described : was that immediately after your food intake? Is it still there? Are you experiencing any regurgitation?
Anxiety can cause hyperacidity, and yes at times it does feel like something is stuck in the chest, if the patient is highly anxious or stressed out.
You can continue the Omeprazole for 2 weeks duration. Avoid heavy meals and drinking for the time being. Drink plenty of water after each meal. Have adequate gap between each meals, and it is better if you can incorporate regular walking in your daily routine for at least 30-45 minutes. It does help wih digestive system problems. For the time being i won't suggest any other medicine, because if you have GERD then the steps i told you and omeprazole will be able to help you.
In case you're too anxious, you have to get rid of the anxiety. Because as i told you it does cause that feeling at times.
Is there anything specific that is bothering you? If you're anxious about some particular thing you can post it and i will try my best to guide you through it.
Hope this was helpful,

Patient replied :

Right after I ate rice roni on Sunday the 17th I experienced the chest thing. I went to go to the bathroom and as I was taking a number 2 I about passed out. Ever since I have been weary of eating and sometime difficult sleeping at night

Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 3 Days.

Thank you for the follow up.
Yes its more like an anxiety that is causing the symptoms.
Please do not worry. You can continue the medicines and you will recover.
Just continue for another 1 week. If it persists some investigations can be ordered. But as of now it does not seem to be anything to be worried about.
Hope this was helpful,

Patient replied :

Thank you very much!

Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 2 Days.

Please let me know if you have any other queries.

Patient replied :

What if the stomach feels bloated sometimes

Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 1 Day.

In case of bloating, firstly the omeprazole helps in reducing bloating too.
If it is causing a lot of discomfort you can take antacids like Gelusil MPS up to 2-3 times daily after meals. If it does not settle on taking antacids, then Tab. Simethicone can be taken which will relieve the discomfort by expelling the excessive gas.
You can take the medicines along with omeprazole. There is no side effects of any of the drugs mentioned above. They are all mainly to prevent bloating. First try with antacids, if it does not settle then take Simethicone.
Hope i adressed your concern,

Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian
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