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Can GERD worsen dysphagia?

Can GERD worsen dysphagia?

Yes: Gerd can cause peptic strictures (narrowing) of the esophagus as well as reflux-induced esophageal dysmotility (abnormal peristalsis / contractions). ...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 the difference between NERD & GERD? If my endoscopy shows normal but I have dysphagia corrected by Nexium (esomeprazole), (esomeprazole) is this NERD?.. Only Nexium (esomeprazole) works.

What is the difference between NERD & GERD?  If my endoscopy shows normal but I have dysphagia corrected by Nexium (esomeprazole), (esomeprazole) is this NERD?.. Only Nexium (esomeprazole) works.

NERD: ... Is an endoscopic term meaning that no erosions were seen in the esophagus by endoscopy . It does not mean that you do not have gastroesophageal reflux disease. If Nexium (esomeprazole) helps, I would continue that medicine, as recommended by your gastroenterologist. You should also continue antireflux measures, in addition. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with dysphagia caused by GERD and being treated for GERD . I am getting post nasal drip also can't sleep?

I have been diagnosed with dysphagia caused by GERD and being treated for GERD . I am getting post nasal drip also can't sleep?

Unquestionably: Diet. You are consuming empty calories, particularly the sweets. That is what is causing all your symptoms. Try it because it is cheap and will do no harm. ...Read more

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Do I have gerd? When i eat trigger foods nothing happens i'm normal i only have dysphagia and phlegm. I'm paranoid about this, had for 4 months

Do I have gerd? When i eat trigger foods nothing happens i'm normal i only have dysphagia and phlegm. I'm paranoid about this, had for 4 months

No: There are many causes of dysphagia. If you are truely having difficulty swallowing then you should have a swallowing study. Phlegm may be caused by allergies and post nasal drip. You may have 2 different things going on. The first step would be to see your pirmary care doctor and see if you need to see an ear, nose , throat specialist. ...Read more

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Endoscopy shows Esophagus as perfectly normal, yet I have Dysphagia which was eliminated by taking Nexium (esomeprazole). Does this mean I have NERD-subset of GERD?

Reassuring: Whatever you wish to call it, a normal EGD is reassuring that there is no serious cause of dysphagia. If the Nexium (esomeprazole) helps your symptoms, then it would be reasonable to continue it. ...Read more

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I had dysphagia. Endoscopy showed my esophagus as normal. I have no GERD symptoms at all. Daily Nexium (esomeprazole) cured the dysphagia. What do I have? thanks

I had dysphagia.  Endoscopy showed my esophagus as normal.  I have no GERD symptoms at all.  Daily Nexium (esomeprazole) cured the dysphagia.  What do I have? thanks

Esophageal spasm: This is conjecture. You likely had some silent reflux without the typical symptoms but which resulted in esophageal spasm or something similar resulting in dysphagia. I still would have expected to see some evidence of inflammation on the endoscopy. But the Nexium (esomeprazole) would have worked in this situation. ...Read more

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My 1 yr old has gerd, allergies, & a dysphagia issue recently she's gotten worse& coughs violently nonstop.She's had antibiotics, what can we do now?

My 1 yr old has gerd, allergies, & a dysphagia issue recently she's gotten worse& coughs violently nonstop.She's had antibiotics, what can we do now?

More doctoring: Are you working with allergy and GI specialists or just your pediatrician? Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) in an infant or child with gerd and allergies raises the possibility of eosinophilic esophagitis (ee), a relatively newly-defined disorder allergic disorder which resembles but is different from gerd. Diagnosis requires esophageal endoscopy. Talk to your pediatrician about ee. ...Read more

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Had dysphagia. 2 Endoscopies showed esophagus as normal. Zero GERD symptoms at all. Nexium (esomeprazole) cured the dysphagia. What do I have? Can a GI answer-thanks

Had dysphagia. 2 Endoscopies showed esophagus as normal. Zero GERD symptoms at all. Nexium (esomeprazole) cured the dysphagia. What do I have? Can a GI answer-thanks

Consider these...: Difficulty swallowing ("dysphagia") can be distinguished as a "transfer" problem (difficulty moving food from mouth to top of esophagus), "transit" problem (difficulty moving food down the esophagus), "spasm", gerd (due to sphincter problems), or obstructive (webs, rings, strictures, ulcer, tumor). MIght still want to see a gastroenterologist (gi doctor) for evaluation & further treatment options. ...Read more

Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty with swallowing is the sensation that food is stuck in the throat, or from the neck down to just above the abdomen ...Read more