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How Is Gerd Typically Diagnosed
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
See your doctor: or a gastrointestinal specialist. If your symptoms are consistent with GERD, the doctor might prescribe a medication such as Pepcid or other as a trial, which would be both for treatment and diagnosis (if it works, that may be the diagnosis). Other testing, done by the specialist could include an endoscopy to look directly at the esophagus and stomach and possibly take a specimen to test. ...Read more
GERD: It's not always necessary to have an endoscopy. When the clinical situation is clearcut, no warning symptoms such as food sticking in the esophagus, blood present in the stool, or unexplained weight loss are present, and the symptoms resolve with treatment, it may be unnecessary. However, if the symptoms persist long term, endoscopy may be necessary to rule out Barrett's esophagus. Good luck. ...Read more
How do I diagnose if I have GERD and possibly hiatal hernia or if it's anxiety causing this? The symptoms are clear but I want to find the root cause.
Impossible: You must realize that by not sharing your emotions with us it is impossible to answer your question. ...Read more
Is GERD a serious disease? My daughter is 3years old. Lately shes been vomiting and having diarea. I took her to the emergency not to long ago and she was diagnose with gastroesophageal reflux disease. She was under medication for dehydration and she was
Maybe,maybe not: We generally describe gerd as the return of stomach contents into the esophagus to the degree that heartburn, fussiness or weight loss develops. Since a dry burp has the same mechanics, it is not much of a stretch to say all kids have some reflux, but only some of them symptoms. It can be transient as part of a gut virus, or longer term.I find mild disease common but significant disease rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son was diagnosed with GERD when he was a baby. He pukes everytime he is too active or cries. Is that because of gerd?
Maybe: It's possible. The best way to be sure is discuss with pediatrician and pediatric gastroenterologist, possible a minimally invasive pediatric surgeon. Everyone will need to closely review past and current history, medical conditions, any "asthma" like symptoms, upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, etc.. Working together they can come up with an evaluation and treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was diagnosed with GERD and I was Nexium and it helped. I stopped taking Nexium and problems came back. How do I fix it permanently?
Calm the 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have been dealing w Gerd for 3 yrs diagnosed by Endoscopy omaprazole helps but can't live with out it how often should I repeat the test ?
Endoscopy: A repeat endoscopy would definitely help, and the right timing will be decided based on the findings on the first one. Talk to your gastroenterologist about a follow up appointment. Losing weight, if overweight, and staying on a reflux diet are critical, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't feel so well, shaky and a slight temp of 98.9 started 10 minutes ago, diagnosed with gerd, i take Prilosec everday?
Nonspecific: Your symptoms are not specific to a single diagnosis, but if you think something is seriously wrong, see a doctor asap. Especially if the symptoms are progressive. ...Read more
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