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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Acid Reflux (Overview)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment for a definitive cure.


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Symptoms of acid reflux? What causes acid reflux?

Symptoms of acid reflux? What causes acid reflux?

Acid reflux: The lower part of the esophagus has a sphincter that prevent the content of the stomach to go back up to it; when this sphincter does not work properly acid reflux occur. Greasy food, coffee, tomatoes, soft drinks, spicy food may cause acid reflux, the symptoms may include burning chest pain, cough specially at night, regurgitation etc... ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
2 Doctors shared insights

Acid Reflux (Overview)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment for a definitive cure.


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What helps acid reflux?

What helps acid reflux?

GERD: There are many non-medical measures you can take to help reflux, such as avoiding particular foods, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, tilting your bed, and avoiding over eating before bedtime, but many people require long-term medication in addition to those measures. If you're developing new reflux symptoms at age 50, you should see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if I don't treat acid reflux?

What happens if I don't treat acid reflux?

Mucosal changes: In the worst case scenario, longstanding untreated esophageal reflux can lead to changes in the lining of the esophagus that may increase risk of certain esophageal cancers. You should see your doctor to discuss whether or not your pattern of reflux puts you at higher risk. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent acid reflux from turning into acid reflux disease?

What can you do to prevent acid reflux from turning into acid reflux disease?

Take antacids regula: Regular use of antacids will neutralize the acid and prevent acid reflux disease (gerd) which can result from high acid moving up and down into your esophagus. ...Read more

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Symptoms of acid reflux? What causes acid reflux?

Acid reflux: The lower part of the esophagus has a sphincter that prevent the content of the stomach to go back up to it; when this sphincter does not work properly acid reflux occur. Greasy food, coffee, tomatoes, soft drinks, spicy food may cause acid reflux, the symptoms may include burning chest pain, cough specially at night, regurgitation etc... ...Read more

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What does excess fluid to stomach mean? I also have acid reflux?

What does excess fluid to stomach mean? I also have acid reflux?

Excess stomach fluid: If you feel a lot of sloshing around or if you are burping up old meals then there is a concern for what is called "gastroparesis" where the stomach does not empty well. If you feel you have this condition then you should see a gastroenterologist! ...Read more

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What happens if I don't treat acid reflux?

Mucosal changes: In the worst case scenario, longstanding untreated esophageal reflux can lead to changes in the lining of the esophagus that may increase risk of certain esophageal cancers. You should see your doctor to discuss whether or not your pattern of reflux puts you at higher risk. ...Read more

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What type of diet helps to reduce bile reflux? I had a bilroth II in my 20's and I am 70 now. Was treated for acid reflux but now they say it is bil

What type of diet helps to reduce bile reflux? I had a bilroth II in my 20's and I am 70 now. Was treated for acid reflux but now they say it is bil

Water?: I do not know if GI specialist know what to do about bile reflux either. I am not a big believer of drinking extra water, but this might be a case that washing the system might be the only way to minimize your symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for acid reflux in children?

What is the best treatment for acid reflux in children?

Consider...: Diet changes and weight loss. Obviously depends on age of child, however increasing epidemic of childhood obesity is a major contributor. Consider ranitidine with your pcps input after lifestyle changes have failed to resolve. ...Read more

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Can you cure acid reflux?

Can you cure acid reflux?

No: You can control the sx of reflux with medication and avoidance fo certain spicy, citrus fruits, chocolate, and greasy foods but you can not cure acid reflux. ...Read more

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What's the best way to get rid of acid reflux?

Start with diet: The first thing to do is start with diet modification. This includes removing caffeeine, nicotine, mints and speriment, tomotato sauce products, chocoloate, alcohol. Try to reduce late night eating, and large heavy meals. ...Read more

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I have been taking prevacid (lansoprazole) for about 19 years for my acid condition. Should I cease to take it and change to another drug for acid reflux? Please

Depends: If you have been comfortable with Prevacid all these years, why change it? I hope you have had an endoscopy done, if not I recommend you get it done. If you want you can try Zantac (ranitidine) ...Read more

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Can taken Nexium (esomeprazole) tablets for acid reflux cause extreme tierdness and weakness? Thanks

Can taken Nexium (esomeprazole) tablets for acid reflux cause extreme tierdness and weakness? Thanks

Headache most common: Side effect. You could have muscle weakness due to anemia (about 1%) or low potassium/magnesium (<1%). Talk with your doc about stopping your medication and doing an experiment! If you stop it and your energy returns, then it's probably your nexium (esomeprazole). Sometimes we have reactions that are uniquely us, and that's important too! ...Read more

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What generally triggers acid reflux?

What generally triggers acid reflux?

Diet, position, meds: Anti reflux measures include: avoid fried, greasy, fatty foods, large meals, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, chamomile, peppermint, spicy foods, acidic foods, carbonated beverages. Don't eat for 2-3 h before bed, don't lie down for 2-3 h after eating. Some meds increase heartburn and reflux. Lose weight, if overweight. Elevate head of bed.
Freq., chronic, or severe see md-don't want ca. ...Read more

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How do I prevent acid reflux at bedtime?

Elevate head of bed: Consider more pillows or even a pillow 'ramp' that is available at many bed supply stores like bbb. Eat earlier; don't eat within a few hours of bed. Eat smaller meals and no alcohol in evening. Speak to your doctor about medication if persists or try otc Omeprazole or famoitidine. Be sure to see a physician if not improved. ...Read more

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Any specific food to avoid acid reflux?

Any specific food to avoid acid reflux?

GERD prevention: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, nexium...). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acid reflux/esophageal reflux?

What are the symptoms of acid reflux/esophageal reflux?

Many: Usually it is burning in your stomach area, although other symptoms can be bad breath, cavities (or damage to your teeth), hoarseness, belching, etc. ...Read more

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Is there a possibly to get serious complications from acid reflux?

Like cancer...Yes!: Acid reflux, when chronic, can lead to permanent changes in the esophagus with scarring (strictures), & precancerous tissue (barrett's) that progresses to esophageal malignancy. Chronic exposure of vocal cords to refluxed material can promote asthma, & even laryngeal cancer. Other concerns include eroded teeth, chronic sinusitis, not to mention profoundly altered quality of life for sufferers. ...Read more

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No gall bladder. Would taking " bile acids factors" by jarrow hurt if possibly have non-acid reflux? Aka bile reflux?

Wouldn't help: Bile reflux gastritis is caused by inflammation of stomach lining by alkaline bile (a digestive detergent). Antacid meds and acid reducers like Prilosec don't help this, because acid is not the issue. Other meds that coat the stomach and/or prevent back flow from small bowel into the stomach help. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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What is acid reflux?

What is acid reflux?

All you need to know: Acid reflux occurs when stomach contents moves backward into the esophagus.
Acid reflux usually causes a burning sensation in the chest. The sensation radiates up from the stomach to the mid-chest or throat. This is also known as heartburn.
http://www. Healthline. Com/health/gerd? ref=global ...Read more

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What is a acid reflux?

Wrong way: It is a condition by which acid an food particles creep up into your esophagus. The minuscule between your esophagus and stomach is not working properly. Several causes. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do I have acid reflux?

Stumped the doctor.: You really must give me more symptoms than that. ...Read more

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What helps acid reflux?

GERD: There are many non-medical measures you can take to help reflux, such as avoiding particular foods, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, tilting your bed, and avoiding over eating before bedtime, but many people require long-term medication in addition to those measures. If you're developing new reflux symptoms at age 50, you should see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which stops acid reflux?

GERD: If you mean absolute stopping it, see your GI doctor about newer surgeries otherwise you may control it by diet and medication. ...Read more

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How to cure acid reflux?

How to cure acid reflux?

Medications and diet: GERD or reflux is when the acid goes up in food pipe and burn the lining most of the time it is associated with hiatal hernia which is internal hernia not visible to outside most of the time medication diet by avoiding spicy and greasy food and stop smoking and losing weight you can control the symptoms for cure you need surgery to repair the hernia and wrap the stomach around food pipe ...Read more

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Can acid reflux be cured?

Medications are best: There is a surgery, but it is only for those who have failed medical therapy. Need to use mechanical and preventive precautions seriously. Then add h2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors. ...Read more

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Can you cure acid reflux?

No: You can control the sx of reflux with medication and avoidance fo certain spicy, citrus fruits, chocolate, and greasy foods but you can not cure acid reflux. ...Read more

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Best herb for acid reflux?

Best herb for acid reflux?

Aloe vera: Many patients of mine have reported that aloe helps them with their reflux - but remember, reflux and natural treatments have been around for thousands of years yet only with the advent of modern medication do we get truly 24 hour relief, so if the herbal remedies don't work, the next trip is to a doctor. Also, any weight loss or trouble swallowing you must talk with an md! ...Read more

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Symptoms of an acid reflux?

Heartburn: Commonly known as heartburn, acid reflux can cause burning in the esophagus and a sour tasted in the back of the throat. If left untreated it can cause scarring of the esophagus. ...Read more

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How is acid reflux treated?

See below: Dietary modifications, weight loss, avoiding caffeine, nicotine and late meals helps. In addition acid suppressing medications such as h2 blockers (zantac, etc.) and proton pump inhibitors (prilosec, nexium, (esomeprazole) etc) are frequently used. ...Read more

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Could my acid reflux go away?

Yes: It is usually controllable with meds (such as omeprazole, ranitidine, etc).
it may go away with time, particularly if you lose weight, and follow diet recommendations ...Read more

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How do you treat acid reflux?

One way is: To not eat late in the evening before going to bed at least 3-4 hours. Never overeat. Cigarette smoking can also cause acid reflux. Avoid stressors in your environment. Other methods are with medications- antiacids such as tums, (calcium carbonate) H2 blockers such as ranitidine, proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole. Lastly avoid overingestionof NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen which I see you are taking. ...Read more

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How long can acid reflux last?

It depends: As to an immediate episode, it lasts until the acid is neutralized or clearer from the esophagus. Use water and an antacid. As to the condition, more long term control measures are needed...Daily proton pump inhibitors (meds), diet control, sleeping techniques (head elevated), possibly surgery to correct a stomach valve issue?
For immediate relief, use water and antacid. ...Read more

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What are signs of acid reflux?

Signs: Heatburn. Ssometimes food gets stuck in the lower esophagus, acid takting juice at times (waterbrash). ...Read more

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How long does acid reflux last?

Depends: On the causes. If you are being treated. Are you changing your diet. Behavior modification. Talk to your doctor about how you can help treat this. As well as educate you on the problem ...Read more

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Is milktea bad for acid reflux?

Is milktea bad for acid reflux?

Probably: Tea/coffee as well as fatty food worsen reflux. Thus non-fat milk would be better for you. As for tea/coffee, it doesn't matter whether it is caffeinated or not. ...Read more

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Natural remides for acid reflux?

Natural remides for acid reflux?

Ginger!: First try to figure out what is giving you the acid reflux.
Type of foods? What time id it worse? Is it associated with meals? Activity? Does it get better when you eat? Seeing a dr? Has h.Pylori been ruled out? Weight issues?
Assuming all this has been done a couple of tips: fresh cut ginger┬┤root, about 1 tsp, pour boiling water over it, 1 cup, simmer 10 min, add juice from 1/2 lemon, sip. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more