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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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If you have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is it wise to drink honey and warm milk together?

If you have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is it wise to drink honey and warm milk together?

Of course. But Why?: Gastric=stomach & upper 2/3 lined with cells which secrete hydrochloric acid (inhibits bacterial growth) under brain control. With healthy subconscious control of esophagus, bottom of esophagus only relaxes as solid/liquid is pushed down. If stomach contents repeatedly pushed back up, esp. When lots of acid present, then esophagus damaged over time; can eventually promote esophagus cancer. ...Read more

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Can the common cold cause heartburn?Paracetamol?Herbal tea with honey?I have bad heartburn and have taking paracetamol every 8 hours and drinking tea.

Can the common cold cause heartburn?Paracetamol?Herbal tea with honey?I have bad heartburn and have taking paracetamol every 8 hours and drinking tea.

Unlikely.: I have not seen the common cold cause heartburn. I have seen tea, including herbal teas, cause such symptoms, especially in those who already require acid reduction. More importantly, please be cautious about your use of paracetamol, or as it is more commonly known in the USA, acetaminophen, Tylenol. The recommended daily limit is 2 grams, or 2000 milligrams. It is easy to exceed this safe limit! ...Read more

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Symptoms of gerd?

Symptoms of gerd?

See answer: typically an acid taste in the mouth and an uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest. Classically along the sternum. Some people develop a horse voice or respiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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Is GERD permanent?

Is GERD permanent?

GERD duration: Some people are cured of their GERD with changes in weight, diet, medications, etc. It may last a long time, it may be affected by certain conditions, but no, GERD is not permanent. It is in a sense curable. ...Read more

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Is GERD dangerous?

GERD: Common complications of untreated gerd are strictures of the esophagus. Less common is barrett's esophagus and malignant transformation into cancer. Smoking increases the risk of the latter in particular. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gerd?

What are the symptoms of gerd?

Heartburn plus more: Not everyone with gerd has heartburn. The primary symptoms of gerd are heartburn, regurgitation, and nausea. Heartburn usually is described as a burning pain in the middle of the chest. Other symptoms include hoarseness, laryngitis, chronic dry cough, bad breath, earaches, chest pain/discomfort. ...Read more

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What is best for treating gerd?

What is best for treating gerd?

Depends: Treatment is unique to the individual symptoms, severity, and goals of each patient. Options include dietary changes, medications, endoscopic or surgical procedures. Best to see your primary care provider for a more complete evaluation if necessary. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What foods should I eat for gerd?

Avoid certain foods: Spicy food, greasy food, chocolate, spearmint/peppermint, alcohol, carbonated drinks. Avoid heavy meals and avoid lying down after eating. ...Read more

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I've heard different things. What exactly is gerd?

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 more

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Can GERD worsen dysphagia?

Can GERD worsen dysphagia?

Yes: Gerd can cause peptic strictures (narrowing) of the esophagus as well as reflux-induced esophageal dysmotility (abnormal peristalsis / contractions). ...Read more

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Can smoking exacerbate gerd?

Can smoking exacerbate gerd?

Yes it can: Smoking can surely increase risk of gerd. It impairs lower esophageal sphincter function, increases acid secretion, and damages protective mucus membranes. It reduces salivation, which helps neutralize acid secretion when present in normal quantities. Both nicotine and smoking may be responsible, since some patch wearers also get gerd. Emphysema & alcohol worsen gerd too. ...Read more

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What is the surgery for gerd?

Fundoplication : Surgery for gerd involves wrapping the top part of your stomach around itself recreating the 'valve' at the top of your stomach to prevent reflux. It often is done with a hiatal hernia repair where you tighten the opening in your diaphragm that your esophagus comes through. Can be done laparoscopically, robotically, sometimes endoscopically. ...Read more

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Are GERD and headaches related?

Are GERD and headaches related?

Not directly: While there is no direct link between headaches and GERD, reflux can be stressful, and stress can cause headaches. Bottom line: unlikely association, but possible. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long can a GERD cough last?

How long can a GERD cough last?

Long time.....: Gerd can lead to bronchospasm which, in turn, leads to cough. The cough will likely continue until the getd is adequately treated. If the cough continues after that, then there may be other factors contributing to the cough including bronchospasm from another etiology, post-nasal drip, etc. So, if you are still coughing, see your doctor again. If you smoke, you need to quit! ...Read more

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Does use of CPAP help with GERD?

Does use of CPAP help with GERD?

It could : there is an association between sleep apnea and GERD. Pressure related changes in the chest can make reflux worse. CPAP can help but is highly unlikely to be sufficient treatment for GERD. ...Read more

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Which doctors specialize in gerd?

Which doctors specialize in gerd?

Several: For medication treatment of symptoms, primary care physicians and gastroenterologist provide the frontline in care. Generally, specialists for gerd include minimally invasive surgeons, minimally invasive thoracic surgeons, and gastroenterologists. The option/s for potential curative intervention requires surgical specialists to treat and/or cure. ...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