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How To Relieve Gerd Symptoms
Heartburn approaches: elevating head of bed, not wearing tight clothes that cinch the abdomen, avoiding meals late at night, waiting at least 3 hrs after a meal to lie down, eat smaller meals, maintain a healthy body weight, avoid smoking, avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, caffeine & carbonated beverages. Try acupuncture, hypnosis, ginger tea, relaxation exercises. See if specific foods are triggers such as chocolate, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: As gerd is gastro esophageal reflux, or excessive acids that are being produced in your stomach and refluxing, or coming up into your esophagus causing pain discomfort and burning. Lots more could be said but the short answer is see your gastroenterologist and get a proper diagnosis, find out the causes and then they can probably take care of it. Good luck. ...Read more
Antacid pros & cons: Many antacids work by neutralizing acid in your stomach. Some contain simethicone that helps break up gas bubbles in your stomach. One floats on top of acid so it "coats" as the acid is refluxed. In any case, antacids must be taken multiple times a day to keep acid neutralized, and benefits are short-lived. Magnesium-containing ones can promote diarrhea; calcium-containing ones can increase acid! ...Read more
Low fat diet: Your gallbladder stores bile. When you eat fatty foods or fried foods the gallbladder secretes the bile to break the foods down. So if you want to keep your gallbladder happy avoid foods high in saturated fats and fried foods. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lifestyle measures.: Smaller more frequent meals. Elevate head of bed from the floor. Don't eat within four hours of going to bed. Limit citrus fruits, chocolate, caffeine, tomato products, smoking and peppermint. Lose weight if you're overweight. OTC meds like Prevacid, Prilosec and AcipHex (rabeprazole). If these measures don't help, see GI doctor for EGD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Too low or too high?: Either too high or to low, you need to see doc to assess for appropriate treatment. Blood work is certainly need and depending what is found on exam like a thyroid nodule etc...Additional test such as ultrasound maybe needed. There are effective treatments for both conditions, but doc must know which you have first. Please consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Take a good antiacid: You need to use a good antacid. Try zantac (ranitidine) first.It is cheaper but you have to take it twice a day...Start at bed time and see if once a day would releive your symptoms. A more effective medicine is Prilosec but it mayy be more expensive but one pill takes care of stopping acid production for 24 hours. So you have to take it for the long term as this problem is typically long term and does not go. ...Read more
Irritable bowel synd: I have had the most success with getting people to eat more frequent and smaller meals. Addition of fiber several times a day to keep the stools soft will be helpful. Probiotics twice-daily have also been shown to be helpful in irritable bowel syndrome. There are medicines that will help with the cramping so see your dr. ...Read more
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
How much time it will take to heal laryngopharyngical reflux disease?
And tips to ease symptoms. .
LPR: When patients are diagnosed with this laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr), they are usually prescribed medicines for it. The medicine group that i prescribe most often are proton pump inhibitors and they are quite effective. However, beyond meds, i also review dietary changes that can help. Reduce or eliminate alcohol, caffeine, carbonation, tomato, citrus, spicy, greasy, chocolate, and mints. ...Read more
Take Care of YOU: My pet peeve: people at work, with awful colds, all dopey on thera-flu and robitussin (guaifenesin). If you have a cold, stay home. Take care of yourself! get lots of sleep. Make your partner bring you tea and orange juice and vapo-rub! don't try to run yourself ragged and medicate it away. Cold viruses are determined to run their course. You'll feel better if you take a break and let your body heal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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