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    • Late reply but I also have GERD!  What medication are you taking to control it?  My GI gave me Omeprazole XL (it lasts the entire day so I don't have to take it twice). To "fight" GERD there is a list of foods you should *avoid*, but I don't have it on me.  Certain foods seem to aggravate GERD. Does any of the OTCs help?  If you take Prilosec like I do (it's called Omeprazole as a generic) maybe you'd do better with Nexium? Stuff like Pepcid AC, Mylanta, etc. are H2 inhibitors may not be as effective at treating GERD.  You may need PPIs - which are available OTC as either Prilosec or Nexium.  There's prescription-only PPIs as well, I'm assuming you're on one of those?
    • Google is almost always wrong. How many times have you Googled and it told you something bad? I am thin and I can both feel and see my abdomen moving. It’s not necessarily peristalsis (food moving thru the digestive tract) but can be gas or abdominal muscle contractions. Stay off Google!
    • So no one else has felt this? The stomach and abdomen are very susceptible to stress. You are stressed and so those are your symptoms. We all have what is called our 'weak organ'. That's the part of us that reacts to anxiety. Headaches may be one persons, dashing to the toilet another. It's very rare for anyone to get everything. If I get uptight my stomach goes on strike. That's my weak organ. I know it so well that when I get it I just say 'oh you again' and get on with things. It soon goes because I don't feed it with fear. Oh please try not to Google. You are not a doctor and what you read will only frighten you all the more.  Get medical advice if you think you need it.
    • Hi. Gia. You are in the old spiral of fear/symptoms/anxiety/fear. It's a never ending loop. Because you add fear to fear it just goes on and on. You can try and distract yourself in many ways, but inevitably you come back to you and the problem. You are NOT going Crazy. Get that idea out of your mind once and for all. So many of us feel that way at first. Anyone who has not been there with HA would they understand, how could they? Because it can't be seen it's not there. Physical illnesses they can understand, mental ones, no way!  You are far from alone. Everyone on this site knows to a greater or lesser degree how you feel. Now there is a book I suggest you get. (Yeah, I know, another book!!). It's 'Essential help for your Nerves' by Dr. Claire Weekes, available on Amazon. No longer with us sadly. She was considered an authority on nervous disorders. She talks about acceptance, not fighting or struggling with 'IT'. You constantly add 'second fear' to the original fear which causes the loop. Don't try to 'turn it off' that's just not possible. TOTAL ABSOLUTE ACCEPTANCE of all the awful symptoms. It's not easy by any means, but it can be done given the will. Deep breaths when you feel anxious. This is not some 'thing' trying to get at you. I hope the new therapy and medication will help, but it still comes down to you and your attitude to the problem   Beat wishes.
    • I can see my abdomen moving around involuntarily (kind of like my testicles do). I think I started noticing this about it when I first noticed the asymmetry a couple of years ago.  Is this normal? Is this just because I'm skinny? Or is it a sign of cancer?    EDIT: OH, FUCK. IT'S NOT. GOOGLE SAYS VISIBLE PERISTALSIS IS ALMOST PATHOGNOMONIC FOR INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION. I've had this for around 2 years at LEAST. 
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