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What is gerd?

What is gerd?

Spit + pain: Gerd = gastroesophageal reflux disease. It's when food repeatedly comes up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing discomfort. If little babies spit up but don't have pain or fussiness, that's just spit-up, not gerd. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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What is GERD?

What is GERD?

Stomach reflux: Gastroesophageal reflux disease is when the stomach contents comes back up into the esophagus too often, and/or in too large of an amount, with or without feeling symptoms such as heartburn. A person with GERD should avoid vinegar and other acidic foods or liquids like juice or soda. The person is treated with lifestyle improvements, plus acid blockers and antacids to decrease acidity. ...Read more

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Signs of gerd?

Signs of  gerd?

More on GERD: Healthtap is full of answers regarding gerd's causes, variations, and approaches for prevention. Please type "gerd" in the search box, and i think you'll find all the responses you could want! ...Read more

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Is GERD cureable?

Is GERD cureable?

Maybe: Gerd is usually controlled with lifestyle changes and medication. There are some who are "cured" with certain surgical procedures which don't allow the stomach contents to reflux up into the esophagus. See your pcp or a gastroenterologist or a surgeon who specializes in this area. Surgery is usually reserved for those who cannot get control with medications or have other reasons. ...Read more

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Symptoms of gerd?

Symptoms of gerd?

See answer: typically an acid taste in the mouth and an uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest. Classically along the sternum. Some people develop a horse voice or respiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes gerd?

GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease is caused by incompetence of the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing stomach acid to reflux into the lower esophagus. ...Read more

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What causes gerd?

GERD: Some reflux is normal, but when it causes damage to the esophagus, lungs, or vocal cords, or significantly impacts daily life, it is a disease. Many factors contribute to cause including diet, obesity, hiatal hernia, and too many random openings only the valve entering the stomach called transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations (tlesr's). Diagnosis & treatment are patient specific. ...Read more

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Is GERD permanent?

GERD duration: Some people are cured of their GERD with changes in weight, diet, medications, etc. It may last a long time, it may be affected by certain conditions, but no, GERD is not permanent. It is in a sense curable. ...Read more

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Is GERD dangerous?

GERD: Common complications of untreated gerd are strictures of the esophagus. Less common is barrett's esophagus and malignant transformation into cancer. Smoking increases the risk of the latter in particular. ...Read more

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What exactly is gerd?

What exactly is gerd?

Acid in the esophagu: Gerd is gastroesophageal reflux disease, where stomach contents (usually but not always acidic) reflux back up into the esophagus, causing burning pain and sometimes injury to the esophagus lining. ...Read more