I take it your chemist is your psych doctor. I'd rather call my psych doctor, a psych doctor. If I were to call him a chemist, he sounds as if he's performing experimental lab tests on me, so I would stick to psych doctor, because he's a doctor taking care of my health, not a chemist breaking out the beakers and the lab potions. Just my opinion.
I just spoke to my chemist today about the antidepressant I'm on, Mirtazapine/Remeron. I told him my main symptom - a horrid, burning throat if I eat or drink ANYTHING, even milk - has died down a little since starting the tablet, and it came back when I forgot to take the drug for 2 nights in a row. He said the drug has a hand in curing acid reflux.
Yes, mirtazapine (Remerom) is an antidepressant. It's meant to alleviate anxiety, and when you get a a case of the butterflies, you're experiencing anxiety within your stomach. So what your psych doctor said is a good thing. If you stop taking the medication after two days (48 hours), especially since Remeron has a half life of 20-40 hours which is less than 48 hours, your body will notice the difference. The throat symptoms you feel are indicating to you that your body needs the medication.
I was wondering if stress really can CAUSE reflux symptoms, not just worsen them, especially one as bad as a burning throat. And if it can, are there any success stories of people who no longer need drugs, special diets etc? I'm just not strong enough to live a life on drugs and a loss of my quality of life, so I'm really grasping at straws here, but any help you can offer would be much appreciated.
Yes, psychological stress can cause problems with the digestive system, which relates to acid reflux symptoms or even a burning throat. Also stress causes that flight or fight response that makes you want to run, when you perceive danger. Likewise a continued focus on stressful thoughts will make you paranoid and scared of life, unless you get psychological help and possibly use psychiatric medications, depending on the degree the prolonged stress has impacted your brain.
Can you function without medications to cure this? Some people without an anxiety disorder can, however those with an anxiety disorder, particularly those who have a strong fear of health problems, will need to be on medication.
Taking meds is not a life sentence, btw. By taking antidepressant medication, you make it sound like you've been dumped in a cell, and the jailer threw away the key. You are not in a prison, except your mind may think otherwise. Anxiety disorder sufferers have a valid medical problem with their brain, and need medication to manage it. So that's why you, like other anxiety disorder sufferers, need to take antidepressant pills.