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Can the damage of the esophagus caused by stomach acid from GERD be healed?

Can the damage of the esophagus caused by stomach acid from GERD be healed?

Yes: Yes, many medications can heal acid reflux. The strongest medications fall under the class of proton pump inhibitors. They block stomach acid production and can heal erosive esophagitis almost 90 percent of the time at 8 weeks. ...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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I've read gerd/heartburn is often caused by low stomach acid and not too much. Is this true or more of a holistic/natural type point of view?

I've read gerd/heartburn is often caused by low stomach acid and not too much. Is this true or more of a holistic/natural type point of view?

Not true: GERD is caused by contents in the stomach coming up through the esophagus, which in turn has a poorly understood cause. We think it is probably due to too many random openings of the valve. Certain medications can also cause the valve to open, as can stress, obesity, & problems with the stomach emptying to name a few. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can GERD really be caused by low stomach acid? Could be why 5+ rx's made me worse? Any standard tests to find out or is it more trial and error?

Can GERD really be caused by low stomach acid? Could be why 5+ rx's made me worse?   Any standard tests to find out or is it more trial and error?

Reflux: People with low stomach acid can still get reflux if they have an incompetent valve at the junction of the esophagus and stomach and eat large meals, recline after eating, are obese or eat fatty or oily meals which slow stomach emptying. If there is some acid in the stomach caffeine and chocolate may give them reflux also. An old fashioned upper GI series and barium swallow may help in diagnosis. ...Read more

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If someone suffers from GERD, does that means that their stomach acid levels are higher than that of someone else's?

If someone suffers from GERD, does that means that their stomach acid levels are higher than that of someone else's?

Not necessarily: GERD just means they have developed symptoms related to the backwash of stomach acid. This is a normal event in most people and most tolerate it without problems. Some have lifestyle choices that aggravate the process. Nicotine and caffeine intake, food choice and reclining after eating all aggravate the process as do some infections. Meds that decrease acid production help it heal. ...Read more

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Ppi's may reduce stomach acid, but does that prevent actual refux in gerd?

Ppi's may reduce stomach acid, but does that prevent actual refux in gerd?

No: It reduces acid which causes the irritation going up the the esophagus in gerd. You still have to have the head of the bed up on sleeping and avoid laying down with full stomach. ...Read more

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Have occasional GERD symptoms- nausea, need to burp to get relief. How do I tell if i have too little OR to much stomach acid?

Have occasional GERD symptoms- nausea, need to burp to get relief. How do I tell if i have too little OR to much stomach acid?

Bloating,gas: Phil Thorek, a famous surgeon once wrote the 7 "Fs" of gallbladder disease: fair, fat, female, forty, fertile, flabby and flatulent ( gassy)- I suggest an abdominal ultrasound for gallbladder disease and a physical exam with blood evaluation. ...Read more

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Is puking stomach acid normal? I was diagnosed with GERD last year i hav been puking stomach acid with pink n red stuff in it for the past five days, i can barely talk and my food feels like its not reaching my stomach or its not sitting right in my stoma

Is puking stomach acid normal? I was diagnosed with GERD last year i hav been puking stomach acid with pink n red stuff in it for the past five days, i can barely talk and my food feels like its not reaching my stomach or its not sitting right in my stoma

NO: Not normal and very worrisome with the pink as this is probably blood. You may have an ulcer or esophageal stricture from chronic reflux. You need to see the GI doctor right away or go to the nearest emergency room for proper treatment and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it normal to throw up stomach acid when you have GERD ? No blood or food just, stomach acid. And what should I do drink water to wash it down ?

Is it normal to throw up stomach acid when you have GERD ? No blood or food just, stomach acid. And what should I do drink water to wash it down ?

Yes and yes: Sorry Sean. With gerd the stomach refluxes into the esophagus various amounts of gastric acid. Water will drain the acid back into the stomach. But water is not the fix you desire. You must first see your physician and he will guide you through the problem ...Read more

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Have been having stomach issues & sore throat from gerd for almost a month. How do I know if I have too much or too little stomach acid?How do I fix?

Have been having stomach issues & sore throat from gerd for almost a month. How do I know if I have too much or too little stomach acid?How do I fix?

Your doc can give: You something for it after he/she diagnoses it. You can also use dgl, available in the health food store. These capsules are licorice w/out an enzyme that raises blood pressure. They coat the lining of esophagus. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Bad gerd, i wake up choking on my stomach acid &, burning my throat, the acid gets in my lungs. What can I do when this happens? I take Pepcid (famotidine) at bed

Bad gerd, i wake up choking on my stomach acid &, burning my throat, the acid gets in my lungs. What can I do when this happens? I take Pepcid (famotidine) at bed

Take precautions: Prevent , regurgitation . Your supper eat light , do not go to bed immediately after eating give 3 to 4 hr gap . When you sleep do not lie flat , use 2 pillows , do not drink or smoke before bed time, take your medications in few is intractable may need anti-reflux procedure . Speak to your doctor. ...Read more

Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more