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Seeing as I take prilosec daily for my GERD (and now I NEVER get acid reflux) this should prevent my gerd from ever developing to barretts esophagus?

Seeing as I take prilosec daily for my GERD (and now I NEVER get acid reflux) this should prevent my gerd from ever developing to barretts esophagus?

Yes: Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, occurs frequently in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn, which can be controlled by medication. In a few patients with GERD (10-15%), a change in the esophageal lining develops called Barrett’s esophagus which is believed to be a common cause of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Controlling GERD important. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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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Doe's this sound like acid reflux, gerd, or something more serious? The other day I was standing in my kitchen and suddenly felt acid come up my esophagus. It than traveled to my throat and I began to choke. Doe's acid reflux or GERD do this or was it som

Doe's this sound like acid reflux, gerd, or something more serious? The other day I was standing in my kitchen and suddenly felt acid come up my esophagus. It than traveled to my throat and I began to choke. Doe's acid reflux or GERD do this or was it som

A: A single episode like this is probably nothing to worry about. However, if it happens frequently, it could represent a blockage in the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux is more commonly a problem when you're lying down than when you're standing up, though chronic irritation from gerd could certainly lead to a blockage of the esophagus. ...Read more

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3 months postpartum, Had awful acid reflux to the point my throat burned. Since having baby, gerd is better but certain drinks like red wine, soda, etc burn when when I swallow them. Is this likely gerd? Is my esophagus ruined?

3 months postpartum, Had awful acid reflux to the point my throat burned. Since having baby, gerd is better but certain drinks like red wine, soda, etc burn when when I swallow them. Is this likely gerd? Is my esophagus ruined?

Don't drink those: In general, pain is your body's way of warning you about something. If something hurts, stop. The definitive test for GERD is upper endoscopy or EGD, so without that we can only make an educated guess. There a other things (like ulcers, for example) that can cause the same symptoms, so it would be a good idea to get it checked out, but until then, avoid acidic/spicy foods, soda, coffee, alcohol ...Read more

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How likely is it that a 24 year old like myself would have colon, esophageal, or stomach cancer due to gerd- acid reflux?

How likely is it that a 24 year old like myself would have colon, esophageal, or stomach cancer due to gerd- acid reflux?

Not but: It's not likely but it is possible. Why are you thinking of these? Need more info to be able to help you. Definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have suffered with acid reflux and heartburn for 3 years and was diagnosed with hpylori what is my chance of getting barrettes esophagus are 24?

I have suffered with acid reflux and heartburn for 3 years and was diagnosed with hpylori what is my chance of getting barrettes esophagus are 24?

Depends on frequency: Hello, based on reflux Monthly 3 to 4 X but if every week, as much as 30 fold increase according to Smith et al, an Australian medical study. H pylori is usually infections of stomach or small bowel and figures for others. Best if you are under care by a gastroenterologist and on regular ff up. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should my prescribed acid reflux pills be burning my esophagus? If so, how can that cause heartburn or reflux?

Should my prescribed acid reflux pills be burning my esophagus? If so, how can that cause heartburn or reflux?

Pills shouldn't burn: Acid reflux pills should not burn when swallowed. If you have severe reflux, you can have injury and inflammation of the esophagus. This would make it very painful to swallow anything (dysphagia). Most acid reflux pills act by reducing the acid from the acid producing cells of the stomach. The pills will not cause reflux. You may have other problems (like hiatal hernia) that would need diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have daily acid reflux, NEG h pylori. MD said no concern. What's best treatment to prevent ulcers, stricture and barrets esophagus? Herbs? Diet?

I have daily acid reflux, NEG h pylori. MD said no concern. What's best treatment to prevent ulcers, stricture and barrets esophagus? Herbs? Diet?

Acid reflux (GERD): One of the best ways to control this is the use of a class of drugs known as H2 blockers. There are several and they are readily available, some OTC. Your doctor can prescribe these for you as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Fullness in stomach, persistent small runny nose, sore throat and sore eyes but no fever. Acid reflux/indigestion. Is Esophagus damaged?

Fullness in stomach, persistent small runny nose, sore throat and sore eyes but no fever. Acid reflux/indigestion. Is Esophagus damaged?

Maybe: Acid reflux can cause inflammation of esophagus, sore throat, abdominal bloatedness and cough specially at night. Try Prilosec otc. See your doctor if this does not work ...Read more

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Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Cancer from reflux: Chronic GERD can increase the risk of esophageal cancer by producing changes in the lining of the esophagus from acid burns. This is called Barrett's esophagus and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This occurs in long term acid reflux. If you have only occasional symptoms, you are less at risk. If your symptoms are chronic, however, it's a good idea to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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I woke up at 5:30 choking from acid reflux I guess. It scared me to death. I was told last year I have Barrett's esophogus. But I never have heartburn?

I woke up at 5:30 choking from acid reflux I guess. It scared me to death. I was told last year I have Barrett's esophogus. But I never have heartburn?

Silent reflux: This is an established phenomenon. Some people cannot detect heartburn pain for congenital reasons or due to scarring/nerve damage as a result of the reflux. It is time to return to your gastroenterologist for follow up, and probable repeat scope as you are on the higher end of the risk spectrum for esophageal cancer...and you need to address the plan for treating reflux. ...Read more

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I suffer from bad heartburn and always feel like something is stuck in my asophagus. I also get major acid reflux in the mornings. What should I do?

I suffer from bad heartburn and always feel like something is stuck in my asophagus. I also get major acid reflux in the mornings. What should I do?

Reflux: Change your diet and avoid acidic foods, caffeine products, like coffee, and avoid alcohol. Don't eat late meals at night and then lie down right away. If those things don't help then try OTC prevacid or zantac (ranitidine) and see if that helps. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I get nervous I get acid reflux or heart burn. How can I treat this and prevent it in the future?

Prilosec (omeprazole): Mental anguish shown to be associated with increased gastric acid secretion. If you are going to sleep with a good deal of mental stress take an acid reducer at least an hour before and this may help. Omeprazole is the generic of Prilosec. If this happens frequently, get Magnesium Oxide as a supplement & take 250mgs a few times a week, providing your kidney funct is NL (serum BUN & Creatinine) ...Read more

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How common does heart burn cause esophageal cancer? I'm worried about it cause I get acid reflux a lot. How often can I take Zantac (ranitidine) 300mg will it cure

How common does heart burn cause esophageal cancer? I'm worried about it cause I get acid reflux a lot. How often can I take Zantac (ranitidine) 300mg will it cure

Rare: The majority of esophageal Ca's are in the cardioesophageal junction where stomach meets esophagus. This tumor is induced by h. pylori. This organism induces ulcers in mucosa which is repaired by influx of bone marrow stem cells. The helicobacter toxin then converts the stem cells to the malignant form which grows as a cancer. ...Read more

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I am experiencing acid reflux and heartburn (gerd). I tend to get this a lot after swallowing a pill. What could cause this?

I am experiencing acid reflux and heartburn (gerd). I tend to get this a lot after swallowing a pill. What could cause this?

GERD: Gerd (movement of stomach contents into esophagus) can result from: 1) inappropriate relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter, gastroparesis (sluggish stomach emptying, partial gastric outlet obstruction), ineffective esophageal peristalsis, inadequate salivary production. Limit consumption of: caffeine & fizzy drinks, dietary fats, tomato products, chocolate, tobacco, alcohol, bedtime snacks. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heartburn, acid reflux and the gastroesophageal reflux disease?

What is the difference between heartburn, acid reflux and the gastroesophageal reflux disease?

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 (calcium carbonate) or acid reducer regularly, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a lot of heartburn. Some weeks I can have none but than others, its constant! Acid reflux? Gerd? How can I know?

Probably: Sounds like gerd which can be intermittent. No one way to make the diagnosis, but if you feel better on a ppi then that usually is enough to make the diagnosis. Diagnosis of gerd can also be made with an endoscopy but not necessary. ...Read more

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Is it true that there is no cure to acid reflux (gerd)? I have this since 2006. I feel like there's a food stuck in my throat. Feel heartburn. Any tip?

Is it true that there is no cure to acid reflux (gerd)? I have this since 2006. I feel like there's a food stuck in my throat. Feel heartburn. Any tip?

Can be fixed: First, objective testing to document gerd (ph test) and correlate symtoms, along with endoscopy, upper GI contrast study and manometry should be done. If appropriate, stertta procedure done endoscopically or surgical procedure can be highly effective, but aren't perfect. See a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in antireflux procedures for a consultation to find out more. ...Read more

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I have had Acid Reflux with heartburn for two months. Treated for GERD with omeprazole, now have clicking sounds while swallowing. On homeopathy meds.

See GI doctor.: Your symptom suggests that there may be some degree of obstruction to the passage of food. A condition known as eosinophilic esophagitis may present with symptoms of GERD and in fact often responds to drugs like omeprazole. However in this condition, scarring may lead to narrowing or closure of the esophagus. Most sufferers have allergic asthma or hay fever. Check with GI doctor now. ...Read more

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How can you deal with acid reflux (gerd)?

Stepwise: Reflux becomes a disease when it damages organs or causes significant symptoms. Treatment generally starts with lifestyle modification (diet, stress, elevating bed), then medications to reduce acid, then possibly an endoscopic or surgical procedure depending on the specific patient symptoms, goals, anatomy, etc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How does acid reflux/GERD cause coughing?

How does acid reflux/GERD cause coughing?

Cough: The acid rolls over from your esophagus into your trachea which is the main tube into your lungs thus causing you to cough ...Read more

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Can GERD or Acid reflux affect your mood?

Can GERD or Acid reflux affect your mood?

Absolutely.: Suffering from chronic heartburn can make the best of us feel grumpy and frustrated, sometimes discouraged & worn out, just like many other illnesses. Definitive care not only improves the condition, but provides stress relief and thus healing on more than one level. ...Read more

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Could chinese medicine treat acid reflux (gerd)?

Yes: The other remedies are DGL- Deglycerinized licorice. Chew 1-2 tablets in between meals. Licorice may elevate BP, but not DGL.
Pure aloe liquid also can relieve heartburn.
Consult an expert in Chinese medicine for details.
Long term use of acid reflux medications have a lot of side effects in the form of osteoporosis, inability to absorb calcium, magnesium, Vitamin B12 etc.
Susceptibility to TB. Etc ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more