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How can I cure acid reflux and ulcers?

How can I cure acid reflux and ulcers?

See below: Most ulcers are caused by h, pylori infection that needs to be treated, some medications (nsaids) also do the same. Ulcers are usually curable (unless malignant ulcers) with medications, acid reflux however generally require prolonged and sometimes life long treatments. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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How are ulcer and acid reflux distinguished from each other?

How are ulcer and acid reflux distinguished from each other?

See answer below: An ulcer has to do with erosion of the lining of the stomach, usually from stomach acid, which could result from stress. Acid reflux, however, usually refers to acid from the stomach traveling backwards up into the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth and stomach. Acid reflux may result from a loose valve connecting the esophagus and stomach. Both can cause a bit of discomfort and pain. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acid reflux to cause an ulcer? I am very good about taking my medication as directed.

How long does it take for acid reflux to cause an ulcer? I am very good about taking my medication as directed.

Esophageal/Stomach?: Acid reflux if treated properly with acid suppression therapy does not cause ulcers in esophagus.If left untreated over long period of time it may cause esophagitis, esophageal erosions;ulcers in esophagus but acid reflux does not cause stomach ulcers, which are mostly caused by infection with h pylori a bacteria. ...Read more

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Endoscopy done no ulcers, I have acid reflux. But i still get this hunger pain in my upper abd chest & back what can it be? I'm worried! please help!

Endoscopy done no ulcers, I have acid reflux. But i still get this hunger pain in my upper abd chest & back what can it be? I'm worried! please help!

Acid Reflux Disease: Acid reflux disease alone is not caused by ulcers. The discomfort of ard is often a daily battle. You should consult with your gastroenterologist to consider a regimen of one or more "acid blockers" that can alleviate the recurring symptoms you describe. Do not worry - your symptoms are common and do not generally mean that there is a more sinister explanation to your discomfort! ...Read more

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What are the main differences in symptoms between acid reflux and stomach ulcers?

Location: Pain location with acid reflux is typically in mid-lower chest, and has a burning quality. Pain from stomach ulcers will localize in the upper abdomen; pressing over stomach is usually painful. ...Read more

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Is it better to have hot or cold liquids/beverages for acid reflux and esophageal ulcers?

Listen to body: Neutral soothing small amounts best. Also consider hiatal hernia. Raise hands above head to lift the edges of diaphragm and raise up onto toes and jolt down then drink a small amount of water to put weight in stomach and then stroke from under left rib cage to navel 3 times to bring stomach below the diaphragm. Vigorous exercise increasing intraabdominal pressure pushes stomach above diaphram. ...Read more

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I suffer from acid reflux, and peptic ulcers wats the best way to naturally remedy my problem!

I suffer from acid reflux, and peptic ulcers wats the best way to naturally remedy my problem!

Go with unnatural!: If you truly have peptic ulcer disease, going with the "unnatural" way is recommended. H. Pylori, a difficult to treat bacteria, is a common cause and unlikely to respond to natural remedies. It requires antibiotic and antacid treatment. Once treated, can then proceed with natural ways to prevent recurrence or minimize symptoms of reflux. ...Read more

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Hi I've told ihave 3 stomach ulcers - from acid reflux and now it's now it looks like a have udi.. Is there any link ?

Hi I've told ihave 3 stomach ulcers - from acid reflux and now it's now it looks like a have udi.. Is there any link ?

UDI?: Stomach ulcers can be caused by medications (nsaid such as Aspirin or ibuprofen), bacteria (h.Pylori) and other less common causes. I am not familiar with the acronym udi. Did you mean UTI (urinary tract infection)? ...Read more

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Is it safe to take NSAID's if you have a ulcer and or acid reflux disease?

Is it safe to take NSAID's if you have a ulcer and or acid reflux disease?

Not really: These meds can cause intestinal bleeding and irritation and would NOT be recommended for use with a history of an ulcer or reflux disease. ...Read more

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Is lipton black tea or green tea an appropriate treatment for ulcer or acid reflux?

No.: Caffeine in tea (green or black) increases the damaging effect of our own natural stomach acid and will worsen both ulcers and reflux. Sorry. A proton pump inhibitor like prevacid/prilosec once a day will be much more helpful! good luck! ...Read more

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I have acid reflux for a few years. Had a large amount of blood hectically one time. Went to emergency room and then to a gasteroligist, Had a colonoscopy. no problem there. Had an upper scope which showed an esophageal ulcer. Have been taking Dexila

& your question is?: You've described high grade esophageal injury, which may occur in the setting of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), infection (Herpes, cytomegalovirus, etc.), burn damage, drug-related ulceration, Crohn's disease, etc. Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) blocks acid but may not have fixed your problem if not an acid-related one. Do you feel improved? Is the benefit of Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) to you outweighed by risks of continued use? ...Read more

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Can a ulcer and acid reflux cause a metallic taste in mouth?

Possibly: if you have both of these problems, you should be seeking treatment as the combination could have dire consequences. ...Read more

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Can you tell me a natural alternative to dealing with acid reflux, stomach ulcers and choking on acid?

Can you tell me a natural alternative to dealing with acid reflux, stomach ulcers and choking on acid?

See integrative Dr.: There are several botanical's, ayurvedic, herbal, essential oil, homeopathic supplements that you can use. However, the list is extensive, and it's best if an integrative holistic medical doctor can examine you, in light of your constitution, overall stress and lifestyle to come up with the best treatment plan. Plus, you may need the assistance of a clinical nutritionist too. Slippery elm and marshmallow root come to mind, but see your doctor first, as there may be other things that are more appropriate based on your findings. ...Read more

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Neg for h.pylori, haven't taken NSAIDS for years, no smoker,20 age, social drinker. Is it likely ulcer ? I have frequent acid reflux and abdom pain

Neg for h.pylori, haven't taken NSAIDS for years, no smoker,20 age, social drinker. Is it likely ulcer ? I have frequent acid reflux and abdom pain

Possible: If the H.pylori stool antigen was negative, ulcer disease is much less likely in younger Persistent abdominal pain and GERD (acid reflux) requires an upper endoscopy if not responding to medications that reduce acidity in the stomach and additional measures such as using a wedge to elevate body while sleeping. For good patient education on GERD SEE: http://bit.ly/ZquHBK at patient.co.uk ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more