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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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Does victoza (liraglutide) cause bad gerd episodes. And can esophageal spasms show up on an ekg?

Does victoza (liraglutide) cause bad gerd episodes. And can esophageal spasms show up on an ekg?

Victoza-Gerd: QCastillo~NO it does not CAUSE GERD but is advised not to use it if you have severe GERD. Read below. No esophageal symptoms do not show on ECG thanks http://www.victoza.com/considering/side-effects/?campaign=000731443&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=victoza%20side%20effects&utm_campaign=Victoza%20Brand&utm_content=Side%20Effects%20%28Exact%29_|mkwid|scRwDcfnJ_dc|pcrid|44667131614|pkw|victoza%20side%20effects|pmt|e|&gclid=CKfE34ech8kCFU-RfgodE9YLkg ...Read more

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Will esophagus spasms ever stop if you just recently started getting them from gerd?

Will esophagus spasms ever stop if you just recently started getting them from gerd?

Esophageal spasms: Gastroesophageal reflux causes spasm of the esophagus because of the inflammation of the esophagus. The pain is usually worsened when swallowing a bolus of solids such as meat. First, you need to be on a acid blocker such as nexium (esomeprazole). Elevate the head of the bed, avoid, alcohol, coffee tea fatty foods peppermint or licorice. Don't eat late. You may need a secondary med such as sucralfate. ...Read more

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How does GERD lead to barrett's esophagus?

How does GERD lead to barrett's esophagus?

Acidity+cell changes: Your esophagus is not designed to handle acidic secretions. In gerd, the cells in the esophagus are frequently exposed to acidity and become damaged. Over time, the tissue adapts by changing its cells into ones similar to cells in the stomach. This called metaplasia. Because these kinds of cells are abnormal in the esophagus, people with barrett's are at greater risk for esophageal cancer. ...Read more

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Does GERD cause permanent damage to esophagus?

Sometimes: In most cases no. Occasionally a condition called barretts esophagus can occur and this can ultimately lead to cancer. This occurrs in an unpredictable fashion but is most commonly seen in middle aged caucasion males. ...Read more

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What's some home remedies for a achy esophagus due to GERD ?

What's some home remedies for a achy esophagus due to GERD ?

GERD: Eat small bites; chew thoroughly; eat slowly; avoid spices; minimize meats. Take baking soda 1/2 or 1 teaspoon dissolved in 4 ounces of water as frequently as every 3 hours. ...Read more

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How long does it take for GERD to turn into barrett's esophagus?

How long does it take for GERD to turn into barrett's esophagus?

Unknown/years likely: Barrett's esophagus is a response to chronic reflux. Esoph cells start to look like stomach or intestinal cells. Problem is there still in the esophagus. They don't resist acid etc, as well, can predispose to esoph ca (10000x nl, but only 1% barrett's cases). Problem is sometimes pts with barrett's don't have heartburn. Chronic and/or frequent, and/or severe sx, see your doc; consider scope. ...Read more

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Is there a way to measure my esophageal pH at home to determine abnormal acidity or gerd?

Is there a way to measure my esophageal pH at home to determine abnormal acidity or gerd?

PH testing: Ph testing can check your esophagus for exposure to substances regurgitated from the stomach-- for acid (such as bravo ph capsule implanted on your esophagus) as well as non-acid reflux (ph impedance testing). The test correlates your symptoms in real-time with what comes up into your esophagus & throat. Ph testing also has utility in assessing the efficacy of acid-blocker drugs. ...Read more

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How long can GERD take to develop into barrett's esophagus? If it does and what are the chances also? Thanks in advance.

How long can GERD take to develop into barrett's esophagus? If it does and what are the chances also? Thanks in advance.

We don't know.: We don't know. We believe that it takes a long time since it is a disease of middle age men>women about 3:1. The gerd has to have been active over time. Gerd is a major risk factor for barrett's, but the incidence on adenocarinoma from barrett's is declining, perhaps related to improved drug therapy for gerd. ...Read more

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I have problem of GERD. Its being years. The pain in my lower esophagus is very sharp. I am avoiding all foods that irritate it. So what shall I do?

I have problem of GERD. Its being years. The pain in my lower esophagus is very sharp. I am avoiding all foods that irritate it. So what shall I do?

GI consultation: and testing for underlying GI infection for possible H. pylori infection/ulceration. You will need upper endoscopy with a history of longstanding pain and irritation. Call for an appointment today! ...Read more

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How long of not treting GERD can it cause harm to my esophagus?

How long of not treting GERD can it cause harm to my esophagus?

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

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What can I do to get the acid out of my esophagus ? Everytime I breath in it kind of feels like I can't breath! I do have GERD what do i do? Scared !

What can I do to get the acid out of my esophagus ? Everytime I breath in it kind of  feels like I can't breath! I do have GERD what do i do? Scared !

Treat: You have to treat your GERD: changing your diet ( avoid coffee, chocolate, big meals, alcohol ), not going to bed within 2 hours of eating and possibly wedging the head of the bed. Also using medications to block the acid production in the stomach and burn esophagus. ...Read more

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Can barrett's esophagus be prevented if you have GERD?

Can barrett's esophagus  be prevented if you have GERD?

Barretts Esophagitis: By controlling the GERD by using proton pump inhibitor (PPI's) or if very severe by surgery we hope to prevent the acid from hitting the esophagus. This should prevent the occurrence of Barrett's in most cases. If you have Barrett's you need to have it followed by serial EGD's. ...Read more

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How to strengthen the esophageal sphincter? I have GERD.

Not possible.: There's no way, outside of surgery, to strengthen or otherwise alter the strength or functionality of the lower esophageal sphincter. Medications that may work in this regard have pretty significant side effects and are therefore not routinely used nor recommended. ...Read more

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I have GERD and Barrett's Esophagus - is there anything else I can drink besides water?

I have GERD and Barrett's Esophagus - is there anything else I can drink besides water?

GERD: With severe GERD, most people need to avoid fruit juices, caffeine, carbonation, and alcohol. There are decaffeinated teas and coffees's which some people are able to tolerate. There are also dairy products, particularly the low fat variety, which many people can tolerate. Although your choices are somewhat limited, you are not restricted completely just to water. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 25y, I have GERD 5mmhg=les, completely non-working esophagus, zero peristalic and aerophagia. What is exactly aerophagia? Thank you.

I am 25y, I have GERD 5mmhg=les, completely non-working esophagus, zero peristalic and aerophagia. What is exactly aerophagia? Thank you.

Swallowing air: Aerophagia is when a person swallows air frequently, and in large enough quantities, that it results in symptoms. Part of the swallowed air is released through burping, and part of the air reaches the intestines where it causes abdominal distention and bloating. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Lost weight, lost GERD symptoms, however, how frequently do I check the esophagus for any problems that could have been created by past reflux ?

Depends: I there was no damage to the esophagus and it have no symptoms, no need to check it at all. If there was damage, particularly barrett's esophagus, may need surveillance every 2-5 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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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


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more