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How Does Acid Reflux Affect The Body
Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more
Which type of food and drugs can I take to add weight or for my body to develop? Am a gastritis and acid reflux patient?
Tough question: I presume that you are taking medicine for your acid reflux and gastritis. For the body to properly develop weight, it needs to have balanced diet with focus on the 3 major macronutrients - protein, carbohydrate, and fat. Ask your primary care doctor to refer you to a dietician. ...Read more
Hi I keep waking up with a dry mouth and headache and body aches but my roommate says I'm not snoring. I have acid reflux but antacids don't work! ?
No: The issues are completely unrelated.Get a more detailed answer ›
Taking PPI for acid reflux after gallbladder surgery but not feeling better. Could it be caused by an imbalance in the body and if so tests to find.
Can acid reflux be associated with neck/shoulder/arm/elbow and stabbing/dull chest pain on both sides of the body?
Usually not: Pain is more related to chest and mid abdomen. Quality of pain burning type. Does not radiate to neck, elbow or arms or shoulder. ...Read more
Does prescription strength acid reflux medication take away calcium from your body? Some patients are stating that their teeth become brittle, I'm worry
Not usually: Teeth are much more likely to be damaged from the long term effects of acid reflux than from the medication. However, one of the common side effects is dry mouth, which can contribute to tooth decay and gum problems. I would recommend using biotene mouthwash and toothpaste to improve the dry mouth situation and perhaps a Fluoride gel in a custom tray at night for maximum protection against decay. ...Read more
My head hurts, body feels sore (not achy), boobs are sore, coughed all night, no fever. Acid reflux is bad?
Can gerd, acid reflux, or heartburn slightly raise my body temperature, make me sweat a little, and make me nauseated? Also constipated, and bloated.
What does skin look like in early scleroderma? I have raynauds, acid reflux & spider veins on chest, chin. Skin has slightly dark patch all over body.
See below: Besides skin being tight and hard---an early sign is the loss of skin wrinkles and lines. ...Read more
I have had hives come up face and body (top to toe) and increasingly worse heart burn/ acid reflux for 4 months. Are they linked? What should I do?
You may be allergic: You may have an allergies. Best to see allergist for testing. ...Read more
I do not see any: Connection between uterus and acid reflux. Acid reflux affect the stomach and the esophagus. Even though there are multi system diseases that affect multiple organ system, acid reflux is limited to gastrointestinal system some times can irritated the airway and causes asthma like symptoms. I hope this is helpful. ...Read more
Mucosal changes: In the worst case scenario, longstanding untreated esophageal reflux can lead to changes in the lining of the esophagus that may increase risk of certain esophageal cancers. You should see your doctor to discuss whether or not your pattern of reflux puts you at higher risk. ...Read more
Nothing to cancer: In most people with mild or intermittent disease no treatment doesn't really cause any future problems. But in some people with more severe or persistent reflux you can develop scarring and the condition called barrett's esophagus. Also spasm can be more more of a problem. This would show up as difficulty in swallowing and food getting stuck. Barrett's esophagus can put you at high risk of developing esophageal cancer. ...Read more
Acid reflux: Make sure that you are not just relying on the medication to control your symptoms. Patients often forget that treatment of ger depends a lot on liifestyle changes which I am certain your doctor has already discussed with you. Having said that, there are still many medications available. Ask your doctor. ...Read more
If omeprazole or other "proton pump inhibitor" drug class not work, talk to GI doc, rv proper use (take first thing a.m. followed by decent meal 30-60min later: don't skip breakfast or take w meal). Life style chgs e.g. avoid mint, coffee, alcohol, chocolate and smoking, no late snacks, decrease size of meals, weight reduce, avoid fatty foods. saliva may helps reduce symptoms. Happy to consult
You need medical hel: If you want to purge food repeatedly you have a serious eatind disorder and need medical treatment and counseling asap as it can be dangerours for your health. Yes repeated purging can lead to acid reflux as well. See your doctor and you can take over the counter zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec for reflux symptoms ]. ...Read more
I have bad acid reflux! Please in is much pain I can't move sit stand or lay down. What do I do?!?
Maybe its not reflux: Lack of response to acid suppression ; antacids raises several possibilities: 1) you have excessive acid production; 2) your reflux is of non-acid material; 3) your esophagus is severely inflammed, infected, or ulcerated; 4) you have heightened esophageal sensitivity; 5) your present symptoms are not reflux-related. If in that much distress, seek your doctor's help asap for evaluation ; relief. ...Read more
What causes acid redlux to make you gag? And what generally can cause acid reflux. I usually don't have acid reflux.
Acid reflux: Acid reflux is acid from the stomach going up the esophagus and causing pain from irritation. Usually diet is the most common cause of acid reflux. Avoid excessive alcohol, caffeine, nicotine. Try not to lay down after eating. Weigh loss and avoiding tight constricting garments will also help. Recurrent or persistent abdominal pain or reflux should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
I suffer from acid reflux but I don't take any pills 1keep a moderate diet and I still have acid reflux what will happen?
Aggrevation +?: Persistent reflux is not comfortable - best to treat it for that reason alone. But best to see your physician to get evaluated to rule out gallbladder issues and to discuss other causes of reflux that might be curative or at least relief-achieving. Also persistent reflux can do damage to the esophagus and cause other problems. Check with your doctor if the symptoms persist. ...Read more
I'm suffering with acid reflux and been on tablets 3times but soon as they finish it comes back within a few days I really don't want to keep going back to get more what else can I do to stop this?
Avoid food triggers:
Avoid food triggersa&eat small meals
After eating wait 2t03hours before going to bed or lying down
Avoid mint, cocolate, alcohol, smoking and chewing tobaco, onions and caffeine
Avoid spicy foods, tomatoes, oranges,
large fatty meals and eat small frequent meals, don't over eat
Loose some weight if you are over weight and avoid wearing tight clothings.
Consult MD/GI ...Read more
EGD: Your gold standard test in this regard would be the EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) in which a GI doctor puts a camera down your throat while you're under sedation and looks for things like hiatal hernia (causes reflux), ulcers, gastritis and duodenitis. Reflux (esophagitis) doesn't have to burn to cause damage to the esophagus. ...Read more
May not be reflux: Symptoms which are often blamed on reflux may be due to other problems. 1% of the population is resistant to ppi type medications which could explain Omeprazole resistance. Omeprazole at standard doses often just isn't enough medication. A large hiatal hernia or severe obesity can lead to refractory disease too. You should see your doctor as refractory reflux warrants endoscopic evaluation. ...Read more
May not help much: There isn't a formula that is best for reflux...But some may be more agreeable to the baby than others. Elemental formulas are somewhat easier to digest--such as nutramigen/alimentum etc. --but can be quite expensive. Keep baby head elevated after feeding, thickening forumula with rice cereal etc. May help. If not adequate, see your doc for possible treatment etc. Congrats and good luck.. ...Read more
Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more