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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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Had acid reflux about 2 wks ago. Gastro said it was gerd. On and off for 2 wks. Doctor prescribed 40 mg each ppi before breakfast and before dinner for 2 wks, but symtoms still come and go after taking it for a couple of days. Does ppi work immediately? I

Had acid reflux about 2 wks ago. Gastro said it was gerd. On and off for 2 wks. Doctor prescribed 40 mg each ppi before breakfast and before dinner for 2 wks, but symtoms still come and go after taking it for a couple of days. Does ppi work immediately? I

PPI delayed; H2 fast: PPIs do not usually work immediately and can take several days to a week in the worst case.

H2 blockers like Pepcid and Zantac (ranitidine) work much more quickly, within hours.

Both of these decrease production of new acid.

For immediate relief you need chemical neutralization of existing acid with e.g. Pepto-Bismol or Mylanta/Maalox. ...Read more

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I've been instructed to skip caffeine (coffee) due to acid reflux. Is it the acidity or actually the caffeine? Could black tea be a substitute?

I've been instructed to skip caffeine (coffee) due to acid reflux. Is it the acidity or actually the caffeine? Could black tea be a substitute?

DGL is used to: Help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Acid is the issue. Please do what your doc says but tea may be a good substitute. ...Read more

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Skipbeats frequent when I chew gum, spicy food (HR jumps 90-115bpm and acid reflux 5-12 skip/hr)is that normal? Echo mvp/trMR 48holter 26 pac's 6 pvc's

Skipbeats frequent when I chew gum, spicy food (HR jumps 90-115bpm and acid reflux 5-12 skip/hr)is that normal? Echo mvp/trMR 48holter 26 pac's 6 pvc's

That is an extremely: Small number of extra systolic beats. I don't know how you can say they increase when the total is minuscule. At your age, heart rate variability is common as the autonomic system is highly responsive to many stimuli. Nothing you describe is out of normal range or worrisome in any way. ...Read more

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Can garcinea Cambodia cause acid reflux to be worse?

Can garcinea Cambodia cause acid reflux to be worse?

It is possible: Based upon my review of this substance, it is possible for a worsening of your acid reflux. The best way to lose weight is to increase physical activity and reduce caloric intake. Talk to your healthcare provider about the safest weightloss plan for you. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have problems with acid reflux. Would taking garcinia cambogia make it worse or cause it to flare up?

I have problems with acid reflux. Would taking garcinia cambogia make it worse or cause it to flare up?

DGL licorice: Please do what your doc says, but a natural approach is to take dgl. Dgl is licorice tablets with an enzyme remove (because too much of it can raise bp). You need to take a lot of it but many find it helpful. I know it's difficult, but please try to stop smoking also. You will be glad you did. Peace and good health. I'm not familiar w/research on garcinia cambogia. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause worsening of asthma symptoms?

Can acid reflux cause worsening of asthma symptoms?

Oh yes...: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid ; pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance ph testing with a symptom diary can best characterize this. ...Read more

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Does milk make acid reflux worse? Can a allergy to milk cause reflux and eczema?

Does milk make acid reflux worse? Can a allergy to milk cause reflux and eczema?

Milk, maybe: To check for reflux and eczema from the milk, I suggest avoiding milk for 3 days; on the 4th day give the baby milk and see if the reflux or eczema worsens. If it does repeat the avoidance and challenge to confirm. If either condition worsens, I suggest avoiding for a month and rechecking. Most such issues resolve with a little time and patience. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause burning sensation in left shoulder and arm pit chest area. If I touch where it hurts it hurts worse?

Can acid reflux cause burning sensation in left shoulder and arm pit chest area. If I touch where it hurts it hurts worse?

No, this isn't GERD: This symptoms constellation is not consistent with reflux disease. It should be checked out just the same. The fact that the pain is worse when you touch the area suggests that it is either musculoskeletal or nerve pain. Is it related to meals? I'm wondering why you are associating this with reflux? The best way to approach this is to visit with your doc and have an exam done with some tests. ...Read more

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Dry mouth, bloating, anxiety worse, acid reflux, and irritable. Can these be caused by pms?

Dry mouth, bloating, anxiety worse, acid reflux, and irritable. Can these be caused by pms?

PMS: I understand your concern.
PMS can cause anxiety, irritability and bloating.
Anxiety can cause acid reflux.
The symptoms usually go away after you start menstruation
At age 24, stresses of relationship, marriage, separation, parenting, work and finances can cause irritability, anxiety and acid reflux
See Gynecologist for diagnosis
Use Breathing Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation ...Read more

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What causes acid redlux to make you gag? And what generally can cause acid reflux. I usually don't have acid reflux.

What causes acid redlux to make you gag? And what generally can cause acid reflux. I usually don't have acid reflux.

Acid reflux: Acid reflux is acid from the stomach going up the esophagus and causing pain from irritation. Usually diet is the most common cause of acid reflux. Avoid excessive alcohol, caffeine, nicotine. Try not to lay down after eating. Weigh loss and avoiding tight constricting garments will also help. Recurrent or persistent abdominal pain or reflux should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes loss of upper range and voice cracks when singing high but doesn't show up on a normal video stroboscope? It's not acid reflux either

Dysphonia: The usual cause is either post-nasal drip or acid reflux. You should have an evaluation by a gastroenterologist that performs esophageal pH studies and manometry. They may just try you on a course of acid suppression medications. ...Read more

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I have really bad acid reflux to where it wakes me in the night and I have to sit up and wait for hours till it stops. Laying down only makes it worse and water doesn't seem to help. What's wrong?

I have really bad acid reflux to where it wakes me in the night and I have to sit up and wait for hours till it stops. Laying down only makes it worse and water doesn't seem to help. What's wrong?

Many Possibilities: If this is chronic and not a new problem may need to consider your diet such as things like coffee, smoking, spicy foods, and alcohol intake. Also there can be a chronic infection of the stomach that can cause this called h. Pylori which can be tested for by blood and stool tests. This is treatable with antibiotics. Also try otc meds like Zantac (ranitidine) and Prilosec with maalox. Try changing diet as well. ...Read more

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Can LPR acid reflux cause asthama like symptoms can reflux cause breathlessness and why I don't have asthama?

Can LPR acid reflux cause asthama like symptoms can reflux cause breathlessness and why I don't have asthama?

Ops tropism: If you do not have asthma or copd then why are you using ipatropium as there are side effects to any medication including IPR which includes increase in acid relic increase heart rate dry mouth amongst others serious side effect being difficulty breathing ...Read more

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Could prenatal pills cause acid reflux?

Could prenatal pills cause acid reflux?

Yes: Yes they certainly can. The iron in those pills can also cause general indigestion, nausea, and constipation. Check with your physician if this is persistent. Might try taking them with a starch like mashed potatoes to see if that relieves some of the symptoms. ...Read more

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How to find cause for my acid reflux and eliminate it?

Poor plumbing: Hello, Acid Reflux disease is usually due to improper relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter that allows stomach contents to re-enter the esophagus. However, poor motion of your esophagus as well as delayed emptying of your stomach can also contribute. Given your medical history, the most important thing would be to establish a correct diagnosis by speaking with your physician. ...Read more

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Can milk cause acid reflux?

Can milk cause acid reflux?

Sure, anything can: Gerd is common--present in about 70 million americans. As such, there are easy solutions if you have just symptoms. If however you have inflammation due to gerd, this can be progressive & needs to be controlled. Start with behavior & diet changes (see prior healthtap answers), add acid-blocker medications (either h2-blockers or ppi's). Get evaluated, especially if atypical, chronic &/or worsening. ...Read more

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What causes rid of acid reflux?

Talk to doctor: Are you overweight? Do you snore? Are you tired much of the time?
Acid reflux can be caused by sleep apnea. So if you answered yes to thes questions see your doctor and be evaluated for sleep apnea. This may help you and save your life. ...Read more

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Does acid reflux cause headaches?

Does acid reflux cause headaches?

Not usually.: Acid reflux usually isn't one of those things that causes headaches. Unless you're also having a sour taste in your mouth, belching, and heartburn - i'd look to other causes for your headache. ...Read more

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How can acid reflux cause bronchitis?

How can acid reflux cause bronchitis?

It can. ..: Because, it's actually possible for stomach contents (including stomach acid) to reflux up from the stomach into the back of the throat, and then instead of going back down the food pipe (esophagus) but rather into the wind pipe (trachea) and inflamme the larger airways of the lungs! ...Read more

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Could acid reflux cause a falling sensation?

Could acid reflux cause a falling sensation?

Maybe: If the reflux causes pain and nausea, you could feel some faintness, secondary to a vasovagal reaction, but another issue could involve a gastritis or ulcer, which could cause bleeding and anemia, and this too could promote a generalized dysequilibration sensation. Contact your doctor and check this out. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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