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My 13 y o son complains his stomach and that chest hurts a lot. Clinic said it was heartburn meds not help. Blood pressure is 89/55 heart 111?

My 13 y o son complains  his stomach and that chest hurts a lot.  Clinic said it was heartburn meds not  help.  Blood pressure is 89/55  heart 111?

Chest & abdominal pa: Your son need to be reevaluated & have work up done, his B/P is low & pulse is elevated, most likey it is a gastrointestinal problem, possible dehydration propably not taking enough fluids, you can go to ER, he will also need a gastroentrologist consult, chest pain is most likey from the stomach but it also has to be addressed, I'm concerned obout possible blood loos from GI tract. Good l ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

Burning pain or irritation in the upper stomach or lower chest. May be worse on lying down, and is ...Read more


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Is prevacid (lansoprazole) more effective thanother heartburn meds?

Is prevacid (lansoprazole) more effective thanother heartburn meds?

Not more effective: Within the category of proton pump inhibitors. It is a more potent acid inhibitor than tums, zantac, Pepcid and cimetidine, but so are omeprazole, nexium, (esomeprazole) protonix, etc. Ultimately, it is about which one works the best for you. ...Read more

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Reoccurring pressure in chest. Sometime heavy sometimes light. Heartburn meds no help. No other symptoms. Sometimes slight pain left side of chest.

Reoccurring pressure in chest. Sometime heavy sometimes light. Heartburn meds no help. No other symptoms. Sometimes slight pain left side of chest.

Doctor can evaluate: Chest pressure, discomfort, pain, or difficulty breathing, are signs that that one should talk with his doctor right away or go to the ER. Driving oneself may not be a good idea (consider using an ambulance if symptoms are currently happening). If it turns out not to be heart pain, an abnormal rhythm, myocarditis, an anxiety attack, collapsed lung, or pneumonia, the ER may still be able to help. ...Read more

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My uncle is on cyclobenzaprine and heartburn meds. He has had a migraine for a week. Is it okay for him to take imitrex (sumatriptan)? He also has high bp.

My uncle is on cyclobenzaprine and heartburn meds. He has had a migraine for a week. Is it okay for him to take imitrex (sumatriptan)? He also has high bp.

Migraine for a week?: Generally, you want to take a triptan for migraines asap at onset of migraine. Having a migraine for a week is quite odd. I personally prefer newer triptans with longer 1/2 lives like frova, relpax, (eletriptan) or zomig....I also prefer treximet over just plain imitrix. If his blood pressure is controlled and does not have any present heart disease, okay to try. Expect warm pressure around head ; neck. ...Read more

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Does aciphex (rabeprazole) heartburn meds cause coughing and a constant tickle in the throat?

Does aciphex (rabeprazole) heartburn meds cause coughing and a constant tickle in the throat?

Probably opposite: Aciphex (rabeprazole) may help with acid reflux. Reflux could lead to such symptoms. Anyway, if symptoms persist on aciphex, (rabeprazole) should see GI or ent. ...Read more

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Does aciphex (rabeprazole) heartburn meds (or a generic equivalent) cause coughing and tickling in the throat?

Probably not: Any medication could potentially cause any side effect. The ones you mentioned are not common for antacids. However, acid reflux can cause coughing and a tickle in the throat. So, it may be the underlying condition rather than the medication which is causing the symptoms. ...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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I have had Acid Reflux with heartburn for two months. Treated for GERD with omeprazole, now have clicking sounds while swallowing. On homeopathy meds.

I have had Acid Reflux with heartburn for two months. Treated for GERD with omeprazole, now have clicking sounds while swallowing. On homeopathy meds.

See GI doctor.: Your symptom suggests that there may be some degree of obstruction to the passage of food. A condition known as eosinophilic esophagitis may present with symptoms of GERD and in fact often responds to drugs like omeprazole. However in this condition, scarring may lead to narrowing or closure of the esophagus. Most sufferers have allergic asthma or hay fever. Check with GI doctor now. ...Read more

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I have GERD how can I cure or control it without meds. I don't eat foods that aggravate it . I hate being on the meds for months at a time.

I have GERD how can I cure or control it without meds. I don't eat foods that aggravate it . I hate being on the meds for months at a time.

Tough: This is a very common problem without a great answer. Foods such as coffee, tea, peppermint, onions, garlic and carbonated beverages can worsen it. I would not eat anything 3 hours before you go to bed, keep the head of your bed up, and you may want to use sulcralfate, which is not absorbed and is totally safe. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ankylosing spontilitis, also gerd, what drug is best for me?

See below: You do not want any nonsteriodals or sulfasalazine. Your best bet to treat your ank spon and not worsen your gerd would be tnf inhibitors. ...Read more

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Are there ways to improve GERD symptoms enough that drug treatment is no longer needed?

Are there ways to improve GERD symptoms enough that drug treatment is no longer needed?

Calm your volcano: Time for change: *stop smoking. *avoid triggers: caffeine, chocolate [sorry!], alcohol, citrus, sour/acid foods, fatty/spicy foods, carbonated drinks, garlic, spearmint. *eat small meals. Sit down and eat slowly. *reduce stress. *after you eat, wait 2-3 hours before laying down. Get checked for h. Pylori germs, which can kick up the acid in your stomach. ...Read more

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Can you please list the most common homeopathic or alternative meds for gerd/acid reflux that are safe?

Over 400 possible: There are more than 400 homeopathic remedies known to include heartburn in their provings -- any of which could be the one you need. But each has its own qualities, and acid reflux is a chronic condition requiring an experienced homeopath to take your whole case before prescribing. You can find such homeopathic physicians through american institute of homeopathy: http://www.Homeopathyusa.Org/. ...Read more

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3 weeks on rinitidine for gerd. Having pain around my liver area and diagnosed with fatty liver. Does rinitidine damage the liver? Better drug?

No...: Ranitidine is a common otc remedy for heartburn and indigestion. Like any drug it has side effects but fatty liver is not one of them. The RUQ pain you are having might be related to fatty liver if it is enlarged and swollen. Fatty liver is caused by a build-up of excess of fat in the normal liver cells and is most commonly caused by eating excess calories. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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