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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'm taking Zantac 75 and Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD and esophigitus. My poop is light yellow and green. Could it be from the medicine?

I'm taking Zantac 75 and Carafate (sucralfate) for GERD and esophigitus. My poop is light yellow and green. Could it be from the medicine?

Yes: The carafate (sucralfate) can mix with the stool and influence the color of the stool. See if stool color changes with not taking carafate (sucralfate) for to bowel movements. Only if the color change persists after you stop the carafate (sucralfate), and the stool flooats and is excessively maladorious should you be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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Carafate (sucralfate) prescribed for GERD symptoms. Second night taking it woke up with intense burning in stomach, abd, arms, chest. Should I keep taking it?

Carafate (sucralfate) prescribed for GERD symptoms. Second night taking it woke up with intense burning in stomach, abd, arms, chest. Should I keep taking it?

Possible Interaction: Carafate (sucralfate) is often prescribed in conjunction with other acid-controlling medications such as PPI's like omeprazole. Sucralfate can make it harder for the body to absorb PPIs. If you do, try to take the two medications 30-60 minutes apart.

The burning arms is difficult to explain. Overall, discontinuing this less common medication for GERD, and asking your doctor for alternatives might be best. ...Read more

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Taking Prilosec and Carafate (sucralfate) for gerd. Took them and woke up with intense burning in upper body. Sore today, sore muscles as well. Can it all be GERD?

Can be NERD: Many times this problem is due to visceral hypersensitivity.
We developed a program called SEEDS to mange this type of problem.
Please check our website at "The Gut Solution" for helpful hints. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/mild antral gastritis & mild GERD waiting 4 h pylori results-take Prilosec bid & carafate-still experience burning, tight stomach, reflux?

Diagnosed w/mild antral gastritis & mild GERD waiting 4 h pylori results-take Prilosec bid & carafate-still experience burning, tight stomach, reflux?

Call your GI doc: Get back to your GI doctor. Follow up on h pylori results. Try Gaviscon 1-2 chewables for possible bile gastritis/reflux which Prilosec won't help though carafate (sucralfate) may. ...Read more

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Can Carafate (sucralfate) be used to relieve heartburn?

Can Carafate (sucralfate) be used to relieve heartburn?

GI: Yes. Carafate (sucralfate) is one of the medications used to treat "heartburn". Mylanta, maalox, Tums and Pepcid are some of the others you may have heard of. They all relieve symptoms to varying degrees. If one doesn't work you can try another. ...Read more

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Have slight nausea hurt in left stomach. I feel full...can't eat much. Could it be diverticulosis. On colace. I had BM. Stopped Carafate (sucralfate) for heartburn?

Have slight nausea hurt in left stomach. I feel full...can't eat much. Could it be diverticulosis. On colace. I had BM. Stopped Carafate (sucralfate) for heartburn?

Heartburn/dyspepsia: If you mean "hurt in left stomach" is in the left UPPER abdomen/near the stomach, I would be more inclined to think it is the partially treated heartburn. Diverticulosis, just having benign out pouches in the large intestine, doesn't cause symptoms; if they become inflamed, diverticulitis results causing symptoms in the lower abdomen. Keep working with your doc on heartburn therapy. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Still feeling heartburn pain in chest 8 months after cholecystectomy. Tried sucralfate still in pain. Should I ask for an ERCP to check bile duct/flow?

Still feeling heartburn pain in chest 8 months after cholecystectomy. Tried sucralfate still in pain. Should I ask for an ERCP to check bile duct/flow?

Not necessarily: What else have your doctors recommended for your symptoms given your history? There is a series of tests that are usually done before ERCP to evaluate that. Your gastroenterologist can help work this up and try other meds before going to ERCP. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for silent gerd, no heartburn whatsoever?

What is the best treatment for silent gerd, no heartburn whatsoever?

The same as GERD: The treatment is the same for both gerd and silent gerd. Low acidic foods and/or medications such as h2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors can relieve symptoms, if you have them. Speak with your doctor about which plan is most appropriate for you. ...Read more

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My Husband is experiencing heartburn (gerd). The following also describes him: Obesity. What should he do?

My Husband is experiencing heartburn (gerd). The following also describes him: Obesity. What should he do?

Lose weight (:: Please share this with him: Approaches to heartburn include: elevating the head of the bed, not wearing tight clothes that cinch the abdomen, avoiding meals late at night, waiting at least 3 hours after a meal to lie down, not allowing body weight to be excessive, not smoking, acupuncture, hypnosis, ginger tea, relaxation and medications such as antacids, Proton pump inhibitors or H-2- receptor ...Read more

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If PPIs and diet only help a little with heartburn and other GERD symptoms, can anything else be done besides surgery?

If PPIs and diet only help a little with heartburn and other GERD symptoms, can anything else be done besides surgery?

Yes: On diet, want to ensure cutting back drastically on caffeine, coffee, alcohol, fatty/fried foods, too much acidic or spicy foods (some good), red meats. Lose weight. Keep blood pressure and diabetes (if applicable) in control. Exercise daily. Stay sitting or standing at least 30 min after any meal. Sleep on a regular schedule. Control stress. These all help with GERD unless hiatal hernia present. ...Read more

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I have a lot of heartburn. Some weeks I can have none but than others, its constant! Acid reflux? Gerd? How can I know?

I have a lot of heartburn. Some weeks I can have none but than others, its constant! Acid reflux? Gerd? How can I know?

Probably: Sounds like gerd which can be intermittent. No one way to make the diagnosis, but if you feel better on a ppi then that usually is enough to make the diagnosis. Diagnosis of gerd can also be made with an endoscopy but not necessary. ...Read more

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I have GERD and have being having heartburn symptoms. I'm taking zantac (ranitidine) now daily and I still have heartburn. What medication is best for heartburn?

I have GERD and have being having heartburn symptoms. I'm taking zantac (ranitidine) now daily and I still have heartburn. What medication is best for heartburn?

PPI: Proton pump inhibitor. This class of medications typically works the best for reflux disease. It is advisable over to use this for about three months, and then try and wean yourself off and see how the symptoms are. Do this with the knowledge of your primary care provider. They might need to send you for more tests should medication fail. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What preventative treatments are there for GERD and heartburn?

What preventative treatments are there for GERD and heartburn?

Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more

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Is it common or possible to have GERD WITHOUT the symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation?

GERD: Gerd is always associated with symptoms! . If you don't have symptoms you don't have Gerd.
What makes you think something is wrong? ...Read more

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Could you recommend an OTC heartburn/ GERD medicine that can help with my breathing issues?

Could you recommend an OTC heartburn/ GERD medicine that can help with my breathing issues?

GERD FLARES ASTHMA: GERD symptoms Flare asthma/You need a full exam and blood work. Especial screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. Empiric trial of Zantac vs nexium (esomeprazole), if symptoms persist baseline EGD. While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also asthma EVAL and monitor PEF ...Read more

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Can GERD be felt in your back? I have heartburn in my back, with belching. Standing up relieves it, as well

Can GERD be felt in your back? I have heartburn in my back, with belching. Standing up relieves it, as well

Yes possibly: However you really should consider changing your lifestyle. Eat healthy and drink your water and exercise ...Read more

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I have pain in my chest for a couple weeks now. A little heartburn. Feels like something in ches. I was on the GERD meds for over 20 years. No insuranc?

I have pain in my chest for a couple weeks now. A little heartburn. Feels like something in ches. I was on the GERD meds for over 20 years. No insuranc?

Omeprazole: I'd suggest you try Omeprazole otc (generic and cheaper than copay in many instances) for 7 days. If the pain resolves it is almost certainly gerd. If less than 75% improvement you should see your primary care provider and discuss. ...Read more

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How can I prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease from heartburn?

How can I prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease from heartburn?

Weight loss, diet: If your are overweight, losing weight can help. You should avoid late meals, large meals, fatty meals, peppermint, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, spicy foods, tomato sauce and any other foods you find cause heartburn. Taking a daily acid medications such as ranitidine or Prilosec otc can be helpful if the above does not help. ...Read more

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I am experiencing heartburn (gerd) with burping approx 40 times a day.?

I am experiencing heartburn (gerd) with burping approx 40 times a day.?

Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor. ...Read more

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Can GERD, heartburn or acidity raise the blood pressure. Pls help. Thanks?

Can GERD, heartburn or acidity raise the blood pressure. Pls help. Thanks?

Not likely: This is not likely causing any elevation of the blood pressure. Pain can raise the pressure a bit, but I would not necessarily correlate the two with each other. ...Read more

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Do small hiatus hernia (2cm) usually grow larger? No heartburn, no gerd at all.

Do small hiatus hernia (2cm) usually grow larger? No heartburn, no gerd at all.

Do HH grow?: Hello~ yes over a long period of they tend to get larger depending on whether they are "sliders" or "rollers" the latter tending to enlarge earlier. Thanks ...Read more

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What is the difference between heartburn, acid reflux and the gastroesophageal reflux disease?

What is the difference between heartburn, acid reflux and the gastroesophageal reflux disease?

All related: Heartburn is a common symptom of the physiologic event of acid reflux. Gerd is diagnosed when reflux symptoms occur frequently to require medical attention. Reflux symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation, frequent burping, night time cough, or even aspiration.... And many others. If you are having frequent problems and takes Tums (calcium carbonate) or acid reducer regularly, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have seem to have GERD but taking antacids seems to make my heartburn worse. What's happening here?

I have seem to have GERD but taking antacids seems to make my heartburn worse. What's happening here?

Acid rebound: Usually from from calcium containing antacids is the probable explanation. Over the counter acid suppressants (prilosec, prevacid) may help. You should however note that worsening heartburn could be than just heartburn, something you should bring to your doctor's attention. ...Read more

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I am experiencing heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: eating certain foods). The following also describes me: Burping. What should I do?

I am experiencing heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: eating certain foods). The following also describes me: Burping. What should I do?

Heartburn: Firstly, avoid foods that irritate the heartburn. Secondly, avoid alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and tobacco. You can also try an over the counter medication such as Pepcid or Prilosec daily to get some relief. ...Read more

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I have a small hiatus hernia. No gerd or heartburn at all. Shud I be worried? Scared to go gym and do weights as it could worsen it? Thanks

I have a small hiatus hernia. No gerd or heartburn at all. Shud I be worried? Scared to go gym and do weights as it could worsen it? Thanks

Hiatal hernia: A small asymptomatic hiatal hernia is of no clinical significance at all. You do not need to limit your workouts in any way. If you start having symptoms of acid reflux, try antacids. If they do not work, then see your doctor, Good luck. ...Read more

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Due to my severe GERD severe heartburn when I take antibiotic pills despite being on PPIs. Do all antibiotics come in injectibles as well? Tyvm

Due to my severe GERD severe heartburn when I take antibiotic pills despite being on PPIs. Do all antibiotics come in injectibles as well? Tyvm

GERD: Many antibiotics do come in injectable forms. However, if your heartburn is that severe, I would encourage you to speak with your provider. If not already done, you would benefit from an upper endoscopy to see what's going on in the upper GI tract. You might also need twice daily PPI for a period of time. You should have this checked. ...Read more

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Ihad endoscopy 3yrsago results h hernia and Gerd I take omeprzl20 daily once Istop 3days later heartburn returns is it normal to be alwys on omeprzl?

Ihad endoscopy 3yrsago results h hernia and Gerd I take omeprzl20 daily once Istop 3days later heartburn returns is it normal to be alwys on omeprzl?

GERD: It is not unusual for patients who have Gerd to have recurrent symptoms when they are not taking medication to control the acidity in their stomach. Most people do fine on medication, with usually no long-term side effects. If you have any problems while on the medication, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am experiencing heartburn (gerd) and I was wondering if I got H. Plyori. How does one get this bacteria and what are the chances of me getting it?

I am experiencing heartburn (gerd) and I was wondering if I got H. Plyori. How does one get this bacteria and what are the chances of me getting it?

GERD: For the GERD heartburn, one can take OTC Omeprazole 20 mg /d or Zantac with a diet that avoids acid foods/drinks. Often H Pylori can be inherited or acquired. A simple blood test can be done to rule this in.
Triple therapy (Helico kit) can be given over 3 weeks if positive. From your regular pedi MD. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between heartburn and gerd?

Is there a difference between heartburn and gerd?

Yes: Heartburn is a common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). Not all heartburn is gerd (95%+ is) and not everyone with gerd has heartburn. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heartburn and gerd?

Really the same: Some doctors may call more regular episodes of heartburn gerd i.e. Daily as opposed to episodic heartburn that you get from eating too much pizza. ...Read more

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What else causes frequent severe heartburn besides gerd?

What else causes frequent severe heartburn besides gerd?

Studies have shown: That the differential diagnosis of heartburn symptoms is quite broad, but according to Dr. Harmon and others in Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, there are five major causes:
Medications, functional dyspepsia, GERD, peptic ulcer disease, and cancer.
GERD may have no symptoms of heartburn whatsoever. Here is a review to read: http://tinyurl. Com/nqnv9qr ...Read more

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I am experiencing heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: lying flat).

I am experiencing heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: lying flat).

Heartburn: Approaches to heartburn include: elevating the head of the bed, not wearing tight clothes that cinch the abdomen, avoiding meals late at night, waiting at least 3 hours after a meal to lie down, not allowing body weight to be excessive, not smoking, acupuncture, hypnosis, ginger tea, relaxation and medications such as antacids, Proton pump inhibitors or H-2- receptor antagonists. ...Read more

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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


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Sucralfate (Definition)

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