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Likely safe: There is little evidence that eating garlic is acutely dangerous for a person with reflux disease. However, many people find that garlic increases their symptoms. On the other hand, some people believe that garlic is good for their condition. An individual may have to rely on their own response with regard to garlic. ...Read more
Can foods that are not good for GERD patient b/c they relax Lower esophgus valve such as garlic,coffee etc be actually good for achalasia patients?
Cinnamon, garlic and citrus really upset my stomach. Gerd? Ulcer? I take 30mg of prevacid (lansoprazole) daily.
Upset stomach: This is more likely to be gerd. All those foods do irritate the stomach and cause bloating this aggravates gerd. ...Read more
I hv severe GERD. Can a beer, some olives and garlic bread with empty stomac cause smkind of strange feeling, sudden BP raise and heart rate raise?
Heartburn: Gerd is the medical term for heartburn. It stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is your stomach acid refluxing or rising up into your esophagus ( food pipe) which presents as a burning sensation. If left untreated for a long period it can lead to severe irritation and inflammation of the lining of the esophagus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
No: Likely not. Even though there is no way to tell without details, it is unlikely. Remember that all babies have reflux - they all spit up. This is why we all buy burp cloths and bibs before we have a baby. But very few have true reflux disease. This only occurs if more severe problems happen like severe pain with spitting or poor weight gain. If you have those symptoms talk with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily : While there are some foods known to increase gerd symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation by lowering the pressure in the valve at the bottom of the esophagus, this is variable among people. Therefore, if the yogurt doesn't make your symptoms worse, go ahead and have it - moderation of course. ...Read more
Highly variable: No single answer for this one unfortunately. Firstly, some reflux is normal. It becomes a disease if it is damaging your organs (esophagus, vocal cords, lungs), or causing unacceptable lifestyle changes. It can last years, or only occur over a short period of time, say during a stressful period in life. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Sure: GERD is usually caused by changes in the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus,including abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, impaired expulsion of gastric reflux from the esophagus (dysmotility),or a hiatal hernia. These changes may be permanent or temporary. Factors that can contribute: Hernia,obesity,hypercalcemia,ZE syndrome,meds, Scleroderma,systemic sclerosis.... ...Read more
Variable: It is highly variable how long reflux disease lasts. I have seen patients that have had symptoms for 20 years before coming to see me for a procedure to actually try to treat the underlying anatomical/physiological problems. Children frequently "grow out of it" by the time they are school age. Hope this helps! ...Read more