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Is choking in my sleep from acid reflux common?

Is choking in my sleep from acid reflux common?

Nocturnal GERD: This phenomenon is not uncommon but can portend severe consequences. You probably need a 24 hr ph study and maybe in association with esophageal manometry. You may need a scope. Please see you primary for a referral. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

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


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Is acid reflux related to snoring and hiccups?

Is acid reflux related to snoring and hiccups?

Maybe: Snoring is more associated with the airway and may be reflective of sleep apnea. Hiccups are non-specific and reflect irritation to the diaphragm. Hiccups may be associated with acid reflux. Belching is also commonly associated with gerd. ...Read more

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Baby with congestion? Sever acid reflux puking and choking. Help!?

Baby with congestion? Sever acid reflux puking and choking. Help!?

See your doctor: If the baby can't breathe it shouldn't wait and they need to be assessed. It could be they have an allergy to dairy and/or soy and exposure to it in the breastmilk or formula is causing reflux and the acid is burning the throat and nose, causing extra mucous. Saline drops for babies used after each feeding can help. If turning blue or having poor weight gain see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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GERD or acid reflux? I have been waking up with burning in throat and sour taste in mouth for days. All heart tests are ok.

GERD or acid reflux? I have been waking up with burning in throat and sour taste in  mouth for days. All heart tests are ok.

Acid Reflux: Your symptoms are typical for acid reflux. When lying horizontal, the reflux worsens. Try to not eat anything within 2 hours of retiring. Sometimes elevating the head of the bed by propping up the front legs with blocks can help. Anti acids like Mylanta can provide some relief as can over the counter medications like Nexium (esomeprazole) and Prilosec. If the symptoms persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can Zantac (ranitidine) hurt my babies digestion (good flora, acidity , efficiency etc) in the in the long run? How severe should reflux s/s before using zantac (ranitidine)?

Can Zantac (ranitidine) hurt my babies digestion (good flora, acidity , efficiency etc) in the in the long run?  How severe should  reflux s/s before using zantac (ranitidine)?

Unlikely: But you can consider a probiotic instead or teas with chamomile, fennel, ginger, and look at dietary factors (sensitivities/allergies to cow's milk for example). I rarely use zantac (ranitidine) but would only consider if poor growth or pain is an issue. ...Read more

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Are severe acid reflux and hiatal hernia related to snoring and excessive hiccupping?

Are severe acid reflux and hiatal hernia related to snoring and excessive hiccupping?

Perhaps: Gerd certainly may be related to hiccups but probably not snoring. A large hiatal hernia can certainly cause hiccups but again would not be related to snoring. Being overweight is a common cause of gerd and snoring. ...Read more

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Will Gaviscon help with nausea/vomiting caused by acid reflux when i wake up in the morning ?

Will Gaviscon help with nausea/vomiting caused by acid reflux when i wake up in the morning ?

Maybe: Coats lining of esophagus, may help. Other factors, e.g. Large meals, eating before bedtime, lying flat, alcohol, chocolate, mint, acidic, fatty, spicy foods, meds, weight, other may all play a role. If ongoing symptom, or frequent-see md. ...Read more

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Is the LES incompetent when reflux occurs only when laying down? I am occasionally awakened from sleep with acid in my throat, trachea.

Is the LES incompetent when reflux occurs only when laying down?  I am occasionally awakened from sleep with acid in my throat, trachea.

Yes: This is a classic symptom of reflux and LES incompetence. If you are not taking acid blockers already (proton pump inhibitors) you should be doing that. Especially since you have reflux into your trachea you should see your primary care physician and have an evaluation to determine the extent of the reflux and your options for treatment. ...Read more

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Acid reflux, chronic sinusitis, sleep apnea and lack of sleep. Are they responsible for my dizziness and nausea?

Acid reflux, chronic sinusitis, sleep apnea and lack of sleep. Are they responsible for my dizziness and nausea?

They can be: Lack of oxygen can be a factor in all of your symptoms. Is the chronic sinusitis due to obstructions ( polyps) or a deviated septum? Has your sleep apnea been diagnosed by a witnessed overnight sleep centered study? If so have you been advised to wear a cpap? If so , are you? If not, in mild to moderate cases, a dental device can be custom made to reduce the obstruction. ...Read more

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Can taking large vitamins cause acid reflux? Every time i take vitamins i end up in the ER with acid reflux. Why?

Can taking large vitamins cause acid reflux? Every time i take vitamins i end up in the ER with acid reflux. Why?

Yes: Multivitamins are combination of different essential vitamins and minerals.These nutrients have a variety of health benefits and can help maintain proper body functioning. Gastroesophageal reflux can occur when large multivitamin ingested. After you swallow, as the pill goes down, it could irritate your esophagus. Your multivitamin can also cause digestive acids from your stomach to wash back up. ...Read more

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How does acid reflux show up in your back, shoulders and breast?

It doesn't: It may cause burning under the breast bone but not the breasts, back, or shoulders. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause burning pains in stomach and trouble breathing?

Yes: Acid reflux can cause these symptoms but many other issues can as well. You should see your doctor for further evaluation. In the meantime, you can start an over-the-counter reflux medication. ...Read more

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Does barretts esophagus occur in 25 year olds with only occasional acid reflux?Or does it more occur in older people with severe lifelong acid reflux?

Does barretts esophagus occur in 25 year olds with only occasional acid reflux?Or does it more occur in older people with severe lifelong acid reflux?

Unpredictable: not age related ,more often seen in older than younger , always associated with symtomatic or non symptomatic acid reflux , need close follow up as they are premalignant . Follow with your doctor ...Read more

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Can children use an anti acid like Tums (calcium carbonate) for frequent eructation with stomach contents coming in mouth?

Can children use an anti acid like Tums (calcium carbonate) for frequent eructation with stomach contents coming in mouth?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Yes Tums (calcium carbonate) would be safe. You do need to have your child checked for the cause of the eructations. See your doctor about an appointment and examinations to diagnosis the disorder. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy cause extreme acid reflux? This acid reflux is so severe that they throw up blood.

Can pregnancy cause extreme acid reflux? This acid reflux is so severe that they throw up blood.

Possibly: The size of uterus containing baby often in latter months of pregnancy pushes up on stomach and initiates gastroesophageal reflux. Throwing up of blood is ususally from irritation of the stomach or damage to esophagus from vigorous vomiting. ...Read more

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Having feeling of food stuck in throat, probably due to acid reflux, but no acid reflux symptoms at the moment, followed by bad breath. Solutions ?

Having feeling of food stuck in throat, probably due to acid reflux, but no acid reflux symptoms at the moment, followed by bad breath. Solutions ?

See an ENT physician: There are too many possibilities to guess what the problem is so vhave the doctor look down your throat to be able to diagnose the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more