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How do people typically get gerd?

How do people typically get gerd?

Multiple: Gerd is multi-factoral. At its basics, it is a dysfunction of the "valve" between the esophagus and stomach. The function of this valve can be diminished by excess weight, dietary substance, some muscle relaxing substances, etc... Also, individual anatomy and/or changes with age can cause dysfunction. Unfortunately, longstanding gerd can cause further damage and progressive worsening of gerd... ...Read more

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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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Of all the health problems, why would I get gerd?

Of all the health problems, why would I get gerd?

GERD is common: You're in good company--70 million in usa. Stomach stuff (whether acid or not) regurgitates back into esophagus--due to inappropriate relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter, impaired esophageal function (peristalsis), inadequate saliva, gastric outlet narrowing, gastroparesis, small bowel pathology, etc. Damage to esophagus may result including ulcers, scarring, narrowing, pre-cancer(barretts). ...Read more

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If you don't treat GERD, will it get worse over time?

If you don't treat GERD, will it get worse over time?

Sometimes: GERD can worsen over time. It also can cause something called Barrett's esophagus which can lead to cancer. It is best to treat the GERD or try to get rid of it using diet and behavioral changes that can minimize GERD. Keeping body weight in recommended range, avoiding alcohol and nicotine, eating small meals and not eating before bedtime can all help to minimize GERD ...Read more

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Can you still get Gerd symptoms even with taking omeberazole?

Can you still get Gerd symptoms even with taking omeberazole?

Yes: it is possible that the omeprazole that you're taking is not adequately controlling your reflux, and the symptoms may still be present. If you have been taking the omeprazole for at least two weeks and are not improved, I would contact the doctor who prescribed it and see what the next step is. You should continue antireflux measures also. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible that i get GERD symptoms usually when i have my monthlynperiod?

Is it possible that i get GERD symptoms usually when i have my monthlynperiod?

Possibly: There is a great deal of hormonal change during menses. So it is definitely possible that your GERD can worsen during your monthly cycle. ...Read more

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Why GERD symptoms get worse before mesnsturation and how to decrease symptoms without medication?

Well, not sure: Why worse but premenstrually many things worsen, perhaps even eating habits. Ranitidine is a medicine that is safe and much better than long term effects of reflux. If you smoke it's much less harmful and smoking can make gerd worse. Try some baking soda, milk or even a little bit of half/half if you must stay away from medicine. Gdluc. ...Read more

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How much time does it take usually to get well from GERD if we take bland diet?

An ongoing problem: GERD is not necessarily curable. It can come and go. Alcohol, caffeine can make it worse. ...Read more

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When you get to 60 how often would you need a endoscopy if you have GERD had one two years ago?

When you get to 60 how often would you need a endoscopy if you have GERD had one two years ago?

3 years ago: uncomplicated GERD can be treated without a need for endoscopy. If complicated GERD should get endoscopy and biopsy. If Barret's esophagus (BE) is present, endoscopy should be repeated in ONE YEAR. If two endoscopy and biopsies are normal within one year, then endoscopy can be done every THREE years ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed GERD & I get heartburns almost once a week. I usually take a Pantoprezole tablet then - is it safe to take it so often?

I have been diagnosed GERD & I get heartburns almost once a week. I usually take a Pantoprezole tablet then - is it safe to take it so often?

Talk to doc but: First you need to take the Pantoprazole 30-60 mins before your first meal of the day. There is also concern that chronic use of this type of drug increases the risk in getting pneumonia and possibly traveler's diarrhea. If taken only when heartburn starts, then a Histamine 2 reverse agonist (Pepcid, Zantac) may be more appropriate. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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