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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

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I think I have the start of the cold start of maybe of a cold but not sure, but have painful respiration and painful Gerd what can I do to get well?

I think I have the start of the cold start of maybe of a cold but not sure, but have painful respiration and painful  Gerd what can I do to  get well?

Consult: You have several symptoms, some of which are of concern. I think you should consult with a doctor. I will be happy to consult with you, or perhaps you should see your family doctor. ...Read more

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Can GERD be treated and totally get rid of it?How?

Usually resolves: A treatment plan using medication, changes in lifestyle and diet will often resolve the process. Avoiding caffeine, nicotine and never reclining within 2 hours of a meal will decrease symptoms naturally. Other plans will be determined by your treating physician. ...Read more

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I have GERD and anxiety, is it normal to feel ill if i get hungry ?

I have GERD and anxiety, is it normal to feel ill if i get hungry ?

More acid?: Increased gastric acid often accompanies hunger which may exacerbate your gerd--check with your doc about an antiacid. ...Read more

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When i get a baf case of gerd, then i get migraine. Is that normal?

Two different system: Need to ask your md who diagnosed your gerd. Med side effects? Other issues? Feel better... ...Read more

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How bad does my GERD need to get before surgery becomes a good idea?

Very bad.: I advise my patients that the surgical treatment for gerd is not for the "casual refluxer". The surgery changes the way that your stomach processes food and is really only a "band-aid" procedure, in that it does not correct the physiologic abnormality that causes reflux. However, if your quality of life is significantly affected by gerd and meds do not control your symptoms, it is a good option. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get cancer if you have gerd?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get cancer if you have gerd?

Years: While gerd doesn't necessarily cause cancer per se, it can cause the cells in the esophagus to change to intestine type cells, which in the minority of cases can turn in to cancer over the course of years. If your gerd is bothersome, and present for more than a few years, consider seeing a gastroenterologist for a consultation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with gerd.why don't I get heartburn?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with gerd.why don't I get heartburn?

GERD.: Not all reflux hurts. A more acidic refluxate would hurt, but a refluxate with less of an acidic component wouldn't hurt. The problem is that non-acidic reflux can still damage the esophagus and must therefore be identified. ...Read more

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How possible is it that I can get a waiver for acid reflux (gerd) in the navy?

I have never seen: anyone disqualified for simple GERD. It is all spelled out here : http://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/disqualifiers-medical-conditions.html ...Read more

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Is it common for GERD to get worse after a nissen surgery before it gets better?

Is it common for GERD to get worse after a nissen surgery before it gets better?

Not usually: Classic gerd symptoms like heartburn usually improve immediately. However with the swelling some symptoms are made worse like trouble swallowing. This usually improves in a few weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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