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Whats GERD gastro esophageal reflux disease?

Whats GERD gastro esophageal reflux disease?

GERD defined: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) involves movement of stomach contents back into your esophagus. Gerd can be "silent" in a substantial # of patients, manifesting with ear/nose/throat & lung problems without heartburn. Heartburn is the common presentation of burning discomfort in your chest with exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents. See earlier healthtap answers for gerd prevention. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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


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Gastro esophageal reflux disease diet recommedations?

Gastro esophageal reflux disease diet recommedations?

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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How many people in the US have Gastro esophageal reflux disease ? How common is it ?

How many people in the US have Gastro esophageal reflux disease ? How common is it ?

Very common.: it's estimated that 10 to 20% of the US population has GERD. That number will be increasing given the aging of the population, in addition. ...Read more

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Has anyone done surgery for GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease)?

Has anyone done surgery for GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease)?

Common: It is a fairly common laparoscopic surgery performed by surgeons with expertise in this type of surgery. Names of surgery may be laparoscopic nissen fundoplication. ...Read more

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How effective is surgery in fixing gastro esophageal reflux disease?

How effective is surgery in fixing gastro esophageal reflux disease?

Surgery for GERD: In 2008, a british study conducted by grant compared surgery vs medical therapy in patients with gerd. The investigators reported that by 12 months, 38% of those who had surgery were taking reflux medication, compared with 90% of those on medical management. Long-term results of antireflux surgery have shown that, at 10 years, 90% of patients are symptom-free and only a minority still take meds. ...Read more

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Are you forbidden to eat spicy food if you have gastro-esophageal reflux disease?

Are you forbidden to eat spicy food if you have gastro-esophageal reflux disease?

Common sense: Nothing is forbidden- however, if spicy food is giving you problem and make your reflux worse- then you may want to avoid it so that you are not going to suffer. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for gastro esophageal reflux disease ?

Protonpump inhibitor: For mild reflux h2 blockers such ranitidine or zantac works and for worse cases proton pump inhibitors such Omeprazole or prilosec. Avoid caffeine and eating at least 2 hours before bedtime. Being overweight may worsen the case as well as stress. ...Read more

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It is ok to drink milk if you have gastro-esophageal reflux disease?

It is ok to drink milk if you have gastro-esophageal reflux disease?

Generally yes but: However, there are some people that have milk allergy, or react to the fat content in milk (regular is 4%, 2%, 1%, skim 0%, also available. Lactose intolerance. Also each one's GI tract and function is very unique, like personalities (many specialists well versed in this field consider the gut one's inner personality). The chief of GI at jhh, where i did residency, became a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I have GERD (gastro reflux disease). What is done to treat this disease?

I have GERD (gastro reflux disease). What is done to treat this disease?

Medication: There are three main ways to treat gerd. First is behavior changes such as avoiding foods like fried and fatty foods, carbonated beverages, coffee, chocolate. Next would be medications to shut down acid like zantac (ranitidine) (h2 blockers) or Prilosec (ppi's).99% of people can be controlled this way but infrequently surgery can be done as well to prevent acid from getting into the esophagus. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more