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Is having gerd and scapular pain something to worry about? i started having worse symptoms recently only when eating spicy food; something i was used to for a long time

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
GERD/Heartburn: Heartburn can be caused by acidic stomach contents backing up into your esophagus. If this happens 2 or more times per week it is called GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Lifestyle changes can ease the symptoms: drink more water, eat smaller meals, avoid trigger foods including fats/hot sauce/coffee) lose weight, stop smoking, sleep with head elevated. A Dr can prescribe meds that can help.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
GERD: I agree with Dr. Kratzberg. Elevate head of bed, avoid tight clothes that cinch abdomen, avoid meals late at night, wait at least 3 hrs after meal to lie down, eat smaller meals, maintain healthy body weight, avoid smoking, avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, caffeine & carbonated beverages. Try acupuncture, hypnosis, ginger tea, relaxation exercises. See if specific foods are triggers such as chocolate,

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