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Doctor insights on: Gerd Esophageal Spasms

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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?

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

Esophagus (Definition)

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