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Whats GERD gastro esophageal reflux disease?

Whats GERD gastro esophageal reflux disease?

GERD defined: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) involves movement of stomach contents back into your esophagus. Gerd can be "silent" in a substantial # of patients, manifesting with ear/nose/throat & lung problems without heartburn. Heartburn is the common presentation of burning discomfort in your chest with exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents. See earlier healthtap answers for gerd prevention. ...Read more

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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Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

Not really.: Ibs causes abd distention, bloating, cramping, constipation and diarrhea like symptoms. Your symptoms sound typical of reflux disease. Avoid spicy food, chocolates, coffee, eat small meals, and take anti ulcer meds. Reflux symptoms could be from a hiatal hernia as well which is diagnosed by either an upper GI contrast study or egd. Follow up with a GI doc if symp not goinng away. ...Read more

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Extreme flatulence, stomach cramps, acid reflux?

Extreme flatulence, stomach cramps, acid reflux?

Dietary changes: An alteration of intestinal motility or bacteria. Dietary factors, such as an increased intake of lactose, fructose, sorbitol, indigestible starches in fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and carbonated beverages. Products such as pork, upon digestion, may release trace concentrations of malodorous gases. Psychological factors. ...Read more

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease worse with spicy foods?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease worse with spicy foods?

It may: Spicy foods may make reflux symptoms worse but not always. If you have gerd and do fine with spicy foods then there is no reason to avoid them. ...Read more

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Gastro esophageal reflux disease diet recommedations?

Gastro esophageal reflux disease diet recommedations?

Many Possibilities: If this is chronic and not a new problem may need to consider your diet such as things like coffee, smoking, spicy foods, and alcohol intake. Also there can be a chronic infection of the stomach that can cause this called h. Pylori which can be tested for by blood and stool tests. This is treatable with antibiotics. Also try otc meds like Zantac (ranitidine) and Prilosec with maalox. Try changing diet as well. ...Read more

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Gastroesophageal reflux? Is that acid stomach?

Stomach contents: Reflux refers to the acid, fluid and sometimes partially digested food in the stomach traveling back up the esophagus. This is irritating and can be treated with elevation of the upper body (not sleeping flat), not eating late in the day or too much at once, and medications like Omeprazole (which is otc) drinking alcohol, eating spicy or acid foods may bother you as well. ...Read more

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Does heartburn or acid reflux cause heart palpitations?

Does heartburn or acid reflux cause heart palpitations?

Possible cause: Acid reflux can be associated with heart palpitations. Both conditions are so relatively common that proving a relationship when both are present is difficult. ...Read more

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Can h. Pylori cause esophagitis? Gerd?

Can h. Pylori cause esophagitis? Gerd?

Maybe (not) . . .: Everyone now agrees that h pylori is responsible for peptic ulcer disease, including gastric & duodenal ulcers. However, it's not clear that h pylori is responsible for gerd & esophagitis. However, esophagitis is associated w/pud so if we find h pylori, then we tend to treat if you/re symptomatic. The trick in medicine is paying attention to cause & effect studies vs observational ones. It's tough. ...Read more

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What distinguishes acid reflux from laryngopharyngeal reflux?

What distinguishes acid reflux from laryngopharyngeal reflux?

Keep it simple here: Lpr is acid reflux from stomach that reaches your throat. There it may cause symptoms in that area like hoarseness, cough, sensation of something stuck there, throat clearing tendency. ...Read more

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Can weight loss surgery cause stomach gas, acid reflux or heartburn?

Can weight loss surgery cause stomach gas, acid reflux or heartburn?

It depends: There are a few surgical options for wt loss and a few are actually very effective in reducing gerd symptoms. I do have patients who report more gerd sx after lap band but usually improves with dietary modification. Sometimes band adjustments are helpful for persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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What is acid indigestion and heartburn?

What is acid indigestion and heartburn?

Heartburn issues: Short answer: avoid spicy & greasy foods, tomato-foods, mints, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, chocolate, late night meals before bed. Long answer: distinguish acid versus non-acid causes of reflux, rule out motility problems of the esophagus & stomach, & even consider non-gi related problems that can mimic heartburn (has your heart been checked?). pH testing may be helpful. Tried an acid blocker yet? ...Read more

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Vomiting heartburn digestion problems maybe appendix hernia ulcer?

Vomiting heartburn digestion problems maybe appendix hernia ulcer?

Possibilities: With the symptoms you've described, appendicitis is unlikely. More likely are a hiatal hernia or an ulcer. Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and stay upgright (don't lay flat) 2 hours after eating. You can also try some over the counter antacids. If your symptoms persist you should see your doctor as an upper endoscopy might be informative. ...Read more

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Can GERD worsen dysphagia?

Can GERD worsen dysphagia?

Yes: Gerd can cause peptic strictures (narrowing) of the esophagus as well as reflux-induced esophageal dysmotility (abnormal peristalsis / contractions). ...Read more

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I have chronic excess throat clearing,excess burping,no heartburn. Gastroscopy showed sliding hiatus hernia, is Laryngopharyngeal reflux likely ?

I have chronic excess throat clearing,excess burping,no heartburn. Gastroscopy showed sliding hiatus hernia, is Laryngopharyngeal  reflux likely ?

LPR : Laryngopharygeal reflux is when a small amount of acid comes up into the throat and irritates it. It is a common cause of dry tickle cough, chronic sore throat, lump in the the throat , post nasal drip, phlegm in the throat, and throat clearing. Many studies show it responds best to proton pump inhibitor rx. It is possible you may have this. See an ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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Upper left stomach pain I have GERD ulcer and hernia. Taking nexium (esomeprazole)?

Upper left stomach pain I have GERD ulcer and hernia.  Taking nexium (esomeprazole)?

NEXIUM (esomeprazole) =GOOD: I assume you had a 'scope' (an egd) to diagnose the 'ulcer'. An esophageal ulcer (gerd ulcer) and hiatal hernia can be painful conditions. Nexium (esomeprazole) is a powerful acid blocker (ppi) and an excellent choice to treat 'too much stomach acid.' lifestyle changes will also help: cut caffeine, alcohol and smoking. You need to be seen quickly if signs of bleeding: black stools/ vomiting 'coffee grounds'. ...Read more

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Acidic indigestion in throat?

Acidic indigestion in throat?

Indigestion: This could be chronic reflux from the esophagus (gerd). This problem can become serious if allowed to go unchecked for a prolonged period. See your local ENT doctor and perhaps a GI doctor to find out what is going on. In the mean time you can try otc Prilosec and head elvation at night as a temporary solution. Even if this works you still need an expert to check you out. ...Read more

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Could an intermittent pain in left shoulderblade be from indigestion or GERD? It feels as if a knot is in there. On and off for ten months.

Could an intermittent pain in left shoulderblade be from indigestion or GERD?  It feels as if a knot is in there.  On and off for ten months.

Yes, but: it could also be from angina or something in abdomen or chest irritating diaphragm. Unexplained pain anywhere, especially when it is chronic, is cause for concern, so you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Im 34wpregnant & having indigestion and GERD afternoon or nighttime.Causing me to feel faint, breathless, dizzy, cannot stand long hours.What can I eat?

Im 34wpregnant & having indigestion and GERD afternoon or nighttime.Causing me to feel faint, breathless, dizzy, cannot stand long hours.What can I eat?

Amount: Try small meals at more frequent interval-"grazing". Your pregnancy compresses your stomach which can't tolerate being filled very much so try to keep the volume small. What you're actually eating isn't particularly important. Don't lie down for 1-2 hours after eating or drinking; maintaining upright posture favors passage of digested food downward through your duodenum instead of your esophagus. ...Read more

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Im 34 weeks pregnant, how will i know that im suffering from anxiety disorder due to gerd, indigestion, feeling faint, dizzy, breathless..

Im 34 weeks pregnant, how will i know that im suffering from anxiety disorder due to gerd, indigestion, feeling faint, dizzy, breathless..

See your dr.: You should see your dr. For an evaluation. Sometimes illnesses can have varied or overlapping symptoms such as heart disease ; gerd. Eat several small meals slowly throughout the day. Avoid spicy, rich and fried foods. Elevate your head at night. Try Tums (calcium carbonate) or maalox during pregnancy for heartburn. If u still feel dizzy ; breathless get checked for anxiety. ...Read more

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Im 35 weeks pregnant with gerd&indigestion, in the afternoon im having excessive gas in my chest, will feel tight.Breathless &needs to burp.What is this?

Im 35 weeks pregnant with gerd&indigestion, in the afternoon im having excessive gas in my chest, will feel tight.Breathless &needs to burp.What is this?

3rd trimester GERD: Gerd in the 3rd trimester can be very uncomfortable. The uterus and fetus take up a lot of room in the abdomen, which displaces or moves the stomach and intestines into abnormal positions. This pressure can cause gerd. Call your obstetrician's office to talk about this and ask what medications they recommend. ...Read more

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Abdominal pain, bloating and acid indigestion thought to be GERD now followed by constipation/fatigue/nausea - high fibre+omep/ran no effect, causes?

GI: Most common cause is often diet related, however once it gets to this point it is usually dysbiosis. Abnormal bacterial function. I often find patients with candida overgrowth, parasites, helicobacter or other infections when tested. Often when tested the patient has too little acid rather than too much acid in the stomach and digestive enzymes may help. Make sure you see a GI doctor to dx. ...Read more

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I have GERD and take omeprazole (40mg) daily. No issues for 7 yrs. For about a week I have been getting bad indigestion. What could cause this?

I have GERD and take omeprazole (40mg) daily.  No issues for 7 yrs. For about a week I have been getting  bad indigestion.  What could cause this?

GERD: When a medicine stops working we should try and figure out why. Recent GI illness, change in your diet, physical change in your esophagus, etc. If it persists this should prompt further evaluation with possible endoscopy. Sometimes you may need to take Omeprazole 2 times per day. ...Read more

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I now take 40 mgs of omeprazole twice daily for GERD and still get bad attacks of indigestion. When i eat it gets better. Is this a normal response?

I now take 40 mgs of omeprazole twice daily for GERD and still get bad attacks of indigestion. When i eat it gets better. Is this a normal response?

Time to see GI: The symptoms are not improving on excellent treatment, so are either complicated or something other than what you think it is--both equal see specialist. Gastroenterologist can do exam / scope / treat. ...Read more

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What helps indigestion? I already took pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and still feel uncomfortable right below the chest bone. No other gastro disease except gerd.

What helps indigestion? I already took pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and still feel uncomfortable right below the chest bone. No other gastro disease except gerd.

Indigestion relief: If the indigestion is due to gerd, avoiding fatty food, eating small frequent meals, and avoiding foods that make one feel worse may help to relieve symptoms. Proton pump inhibitors (ppis) such as Prilosec (omeprazole) or Nexium (esomeprazole) may help as well. Seeing a physician is recommended. If chest pain, shortness of breath or severe symptoms, go to the emergency room asap. ...Read more

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I had a day of over eating 9 days ago had indigestion pain mildly for a day and have been burping alot since, waterbrash, sore throat nausea.GERD?

I had a day of over eating 9 days ago had indigestion pain mildly for a day and have been burping alot since, waterbrash, sore throat nausea.GERD?

Likely GERD: Symptoms of indigestion (GERD) can include burning chest discomfort, regurgitation, sore throat, belching, water brash, and sometimes nausea or cough. These symptoms can be precipitated by overeating (especially prior to lying down), alcohol, and certain drugs like anti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more

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Full cardio work up 6 months ago. Diagnosed with GERD. Now sore tightness lower center sternum and indigestion for 2 days. Sound like heart or GI?

Full cardio work up 6 months ago. Diagnosed with GERD. Now sore tightness lower center sternum and indigestion for 2 days. Sound like heart or GI?

GI: The symptoms you describe are more consistent with a GI cause. But if you develop chest pain radiating to the arm, shortness of breath or palpitations then there may be a cardiac cause. See you doctor of treatment. ...Read more

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Indigestion/abdominal discomfort 2 month.Omeloprazel 3 week pantoprazole 5 week. Endoscopy said no h pylori/gerd.Now only dull pain near left armpit?

Indigestion/abdominal discomfort 2 month.Omeloprazel 3 week  pantoprazole 5 week. Endoscopy said no h pylori/gerd.Now only dull pain near left armpit?

Need further eval.: Your symptoms certainly suggest a GI related problem with the exception of the armpit pain. You clearly need a more comprehensive evaluation which should include a cardiovascular evaluation in addition to a more thorough gi/abdominal exam. Imaging such as chest x-ray and abdominal ct might help too as would general lab. See an internal medicine or family practice physician. ...Read more

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What differentiates GERD from functioal dyspepsia?

What differentiates GERD from functioal dyspepsia?

EGD: The gold standard diagnostic tool is a egd(upper endoscopy). The egd will determine if you have gerds or just dyspepsia. Dyspepsia would show gasrtis. Gerd would show eosphagitis. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion = Difficulty ...Read more