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Does Gerd Cause Permanent Damage To Esophagus
Son had upper GI and dr said he had barrets esophogus but biopsy was negative. He has gerd, takes nexium (esomeprazole). Why discrepancy? F/u needed future?
No short answer: It depends on how long and well you treated it before you stopped. If you put 2 bricks under each side of the head of your bed it will let gravity help keep the acid out of the esophagus. Also carafate (sucralfate) (sulcrafate) liquid in the evening or 3 times a day may help more cheaply. Zantac helps some people. If you're having heartburn you're causing damage. Some people have damage without heartburn. ...Read more
I think my cough is from GERD because it happens more often when I eat. What causes me to cough? Is my esophagus sensitive from the acid?
Reflux causing cough: Coughing occurs because the gastric contents are refluxed back up the esophagus and spill onto the larynx (voice box) which because irritated and tries to protect your airway by forcefully expelling the irritant out of the lung. One of the functions of the larynx is to protect the airway and it does it by stimulating the cough reflex when there has been an aspiration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Of the 2 GERD sub categories. Nerd & Erosive.... Is one more likely to cause Barret's Esophagus than the other? Does NERD progress to erosive? thx
Erosive does: NERD can be defined as “a condition with reflux symptoms in the absence of mucosal lesions or breaks, detected by conventional endoscopy and without prior effective acid suppressive therapy." So no, NERD should not lead to Barret's. Only a small percentage of people with erosive will develop Barret's. But the diagnosis of NERD vs erosive is dependent on endoscopist (so may hv inconsistencies) ...Read more
Could reflux/LPR/GERD etc. cause water to feel cold running down the esophagus? I have had reflux symptoms. I have now noticed this with the water.
How does GERD cause Dysphagia if my esophagus is normal with no scarring or narrowing? I have no heartburn or any other GERD symptoms?
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