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How Did I 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
When my gerd wasnt that bad in the begnign got an endoscpy eveythign fine but now i am 2x worse should i get anothetr endoscopy what i dO?help pls
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
Two different system: Need to ask your md who diagnosed your gerd. Med side effects? Other issues? Feel better... ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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