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Acid Reflux Disease Gerd
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 ...Read more
I was born with acid reflux disease/ GERD. I still suffer from both but I take Prilosec. What are some ways I can reduce the acid besides meds?
What happens if you have acid reflux disease (gerd) which is worse to drink, soda (ex. coke) or alcohol?
Both: Avoid both. Try drinking water or milk, this will help with your symptoms. ...Read more
Usually Indefinitely: Those with chronic problems may need long-term medication. Talk to your doctor to make sure it isn't something else causing it though. Sometimes, losing weight or changing diet (avoid spicy foods & overeating) can help as well as or even better than medication & some severe cases can require surgery. ...Read more
My sister had a mametry test and pH test for acid reflux disease. Tests were neg but can she still have acid reflux/gerd?
Duodenitis never seems to "heal"? Is this normal? I had a colonoscopy and upper GI performed twice and was told i had GERD (acid reflux disease ) and a duodenitis. They checked for barrett's disease and all was fine. That was back early 2010 and again
I : I suggest you talk with the physician who performed your endoscopy. The pain may be your duodenitis but may also be something else. There are many things (looking down) to the right. It's more of a chronic inflammation. Taking the Omeprazole daily rather than every other day might be helpful. I'd be clear with your doctor that you are having "discomfort" and explain that you wonder if an alternative medication may be beneficial, or perhaps further workup. It's very important to share any/all concerns with your doctor. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can high levels of anxiety cause GERD or acid reflux disease? And how are stomach ulcers formed from anxiety? Are they all related?
Yes: Anxiety can cause the autonomic nervous system to go into a state of override and lead to increased production of gastric acid which can erode the lining of the stomach leading to ulcer formation. Inflammation of the stomach and duodenum can slow transit and lead to reflux. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All related: Heartburn is a common symptom of the physiologic event of acid reflux. Gerd is diagnosed when reflux symptoms occur frequently to require medical attention. Reflux symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation, frequent burping, night time cough, or even aspiration.... And many others. If you are having frequent problems and takes tums or acid reducer regularly, you need to see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any conditions or diseases that have the same (or similar) symptoms as GERD/acid reflux?
Maybe not GERD...: Evaluation is key to determining if your symptoms are reflux-related or not. Also, if reflux, is it acid or non-acid material that is involved? Sometimes, "sourbrash" may be due to pulmonary, ent, or dental issues. Heart disease is often misinterpreted as GERD. Especially if unresponsive to therapeutic dosing of acid blocker Rx, then get evaluated byyour doc &/or gastroenterology specialist please ...Read more
Endoscopy: Upper endoscopy (egd) is the procedure of choice if you have had frequent acid reflux, indigestion or heartburn for more than 6 months. The egd allows detailed inspection of the lining of the esophagus for any inflammation or pre-cancerous changes (barrett's esophagus). Biopsies are often taken to differentiate these changes. After egd, proper treatment can be recommended. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Reflux is also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease. 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
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