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Is Gastric Reflux A Chronic Problem
Can be..common: Gastroesophageal reflux disease/gerd is quite common and lifestyles is a huge contributing factor to the development and perpetuation of it. Obesity, alcohol, smoking, fatty foods, caffeine, medication uses, hormones (progesterones), and laying down after meals etc...Everyone experience physiologic reflux (occasionally), but some too often and so suffer gerd..If persistent, consult doc.. 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
No: It is not dangerous now, but is left untreated could become dangerous. Follow up on recommendations from your gastroenterologist. Youll be ok. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?
Cancer from reflux: Chronic GERD can increase the risk of esophageal cancer by producing changes in the lining of the esophagus from acid burns. This is called Barrett's esophagus and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This occurs in long term acid reflux. If you have only occasional symptoms, you are less at risk. If your symptoms are chronic, however, it's a good idea to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more
Gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to:: Asthma in adults, Aspiration, Asthma exacerbation in adults, Eustachian tube dysfunction, Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Laryngomalacia, Snoring, Throat cancer, Asthma, Hiccups, Bad breath, Pulmonary fibrosis, Barrett esophagus, COPD, Vocal cord nodule. ...Read more
Acid reflux: Few things without meds. Start with elevating the head part of the bed 4 - 6 inches. Avoid acidic drinks and foods, fatty foods, caffeine (coffee, tea, carbonated drinks). Eat small meals more frequently rather than the traditional 3 meals a day. No eating at least 2 hours before bedtime. Exercise to lose weight. Otc meds - gaviscon. Concult your doctor for the proper medication to start with. ...Read more
YES: Yes there is a surgery. It involves fixing the hernia ( closing the hital opening back to normal size ) and anchoring the stomach in the abdominal cavity so it is less likely to recur. The reflux portion of the surgery is to prevent stomach contents like acid from getting in the esophagus. This can be a complex operation so be sure to talk to your dr about it and the possible complications. ...Read more
Surgery for GERD: In 2008, a british study conducted by grant compared surgery vs medical therapy in patients with gerd. The investigators reported that by 12 months, 38% of those who had surgery were taking reflux medication, compared with 90% of those on medical management. Long-term results of antireflux surgery have shown that, at 10 years, 90% of patients are symptom-free and only a minority still take meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Gallbladder post 1year bravo test negative for acid reflux, but upper gi showed esphogitis reflux and some erosion, what is causing if no acid reflux ?
Non-acid reflux: Could be non-acid reflux. Also, no test is perfect, and the bravo study could be incorrect. Its also important to use the bravo data to correlate symptoms to acid reflux episodes. There is also a 24 hour pH-impedance study that can detect reflux that is not acid. Ask your GI doctor about these. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Is there a medication to treat thickened stomach wall due to chronic gastritis? Or treating underlying chronic gastritis is the only way to handle it?
Treat the gastritis: The concern with gastric wall thickening is that it can be hard to distinguish from malignancy. There is no real problem with having a thick wall.......instead, the problems arise from the symptoms of the gastritis. So, the single best thing to do is see your doctor. Get endoscopy with biopsies if needed. And get adequate treatment for the gastritis....and the symptoms you are having. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Protonpump inhibitor: For mild reflux h2 blockers such ranitidine or zantac works and for worse cases proton pump inhibitors such Omeprazole or prilosec. Avoid caffeine and eating at least 2 hours before bedtime. Being overweight may worsen the case as well as stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Large adenoids: Enlarged adenoids can lead to nasal congestion, snoring, drooling and recurrent ear infections. It is straightforward to evaluate the adenoids with an x-ray or an ENT doctor can pass a small fiberoptic scope through the nose and take a direct look. Since asthma and acid reflux are common, they could be seen in patients with enlarged adenoids, but there is no mistaking big adenoids if you look. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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