Mumsnet hasn't checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you have medical concerns, please seek medical attention; if you think your problem could be acute, do so immediately. Even qualified doctors can't diagnose over the internet, so do bear that in mind when seeking or giving advice.
This is a Premium feature
Need help managing stress induced heartburn(2 Posts)
Hi all! I’m really, really stressed at the moment and I can’t change the things causing the stress (think terminal illness of close relative etc) but I do need to do something. I’ve had horrendous heartburn which I’m 100% sure is caused by anxiety. I really need some coping strategies to get through this and be a bit more resilient! Emotionally I feel stable and I’m sleeping and eating well, exercising, no caffeine or alcohol. But my body is telling a different story so I need to get my stress levels down. Any coping strategies?
To help with stress levels:
Have you tried the Headspace Mindfulness meditation app? I think you can get a month's free trial.
There are also NHS relaxation exercises you could try on YouTube.
Are you able to distract yourself for a bit by immersing yourself in a favourite hobby or TV show?
To help with the heart-burn directly:
Sleep with your head elevated (you can buy special wedge-shaped pillows if you want).
Eat small meals and nothing within 2 hours of bed.
Avoid any trigger foods e.g. citrus, tomatoes, chilli, fatty foods.
You can get over- the-counter gaviscon, ranitidine and esomeprazole which help.
Join the discussion
Please login first.