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Doctor insights on: Acid Reflux Vs Heartburn Vs Indigestion

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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?

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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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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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 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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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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What is the difference in heartburn and acid reflux?

What is the difference in heartburn and acid reflux?

See below: Acid reflux is one cause of heart burn. The latter is a symptom. You may consult this site for information in this topic: http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/reflux-disease-gerd-1#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What are the causes of this painful acid reflux/heartburn?

What are the causes of this painful acid reflux/heartburn?

Gastroenterologist: See a gastroenterologist for an evaluation and treatment. Get the right answers to your question. ...Read more

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Is heartburn and acid reflux a common sign or symptoms of hiv?

Not related: HIV does not present with acid reflux or heartburn. The acute signs of HIV conversion are usually fatigue, fever, lumps (enlarged lymph nodes), malaise, and sometimes rash. The bottom line HIV and acid reflux are not related. If you think you have been exposed to HIV please get tested for it as well as other sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

Is there a difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

No: Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. Gerd, or acid reflux can present with other symptoms such as voice changes, coughing or abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

What is the difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

Symptom/disease: Heartburn is a symptom often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). Not everyone with gerd has heartburn and not everyone complaining of heartburn has gerd as the cause. ...Read more

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Can I have acid reflux disease even without suffering from absolutely no heartburn?

Can I have acid reflux disease even without suffering from absolutely no heartburn?

Yes: So called "silent heartburn" is very common. Its manifestations may be chronic, otherwise unexplained, cough, voice chances, recurrent sinus infections, esophagitis (inflammation of esophagus visible on upper endoscopy), dental problems (caries), chronic excessive throat phlegm production, regurgitations etc. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of heartburn and acid reflux once and for all, please? It's gotten really annoying.

How can I get rid of heartburn and acid reflux once and for all, please?
It's gotten really annoying.

GERD: is usually treated VERY successfully with medication(s) However if you are already taking a Proton Pump Inhibitor (eg: PRILOSEC) AND a H-2 blocker (eg ZANTAC) and are still having symptoms there is a surgical procedure which may attempt "cure" . The FIRST STEP is a visit to a Board Certified Gastroenterologist!! Good luck and I hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Do you have any idea why i get heartburn when i don't eat for awhile? I was diagnosed with acid reflux several years ago maybe that's why? God bless.

Listen to your body: If one gets heart burn while taking Ibuprofen it is possible that one is getting gastric irritation, especially if the pain is greatest when not eating. Acid reflux can be present with a hiatal hernia in which case doing movements to reduce a hiatal hernia would help. Heartburn from acid reflux not involving a hiatal hernia is often triggered by overeating or eating spicy food, or coffee. ...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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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