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A 21-year-old male asked:

I have had bad heartburn and gerd for about a month now. was on prilosec for 2 weeks, stopped. smoked for 2 days after, felt abdomen pain and esophagus restriction, etc. no longer smoking. and more heartburn. hiatal hernia maybe? does it heal itself?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Takes longer: Usually, stomach acid disease such as gastric reflux or heartburn takes a while to heal. Even after healing, flare-ups come and go. A patient generally stays on medication longer than 2 weeks. Of course, the lifestyle and dietary changes that are needed to get rid of GERD should continue after the symptoms are gone, to help prevent return of symptoms. One should have periodic rechecks with his Dr.

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Last updated Nov 28, 2019

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