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Is anyone familiar with esophagitis and GERD gastroeosophageal reflux disease?

Is anyone familiar with esophagitis and GERD gastroeosophageal reflux disease?

Yes: Esophagitis is damage to the lining of the esophagus caused by stomach acid coming up past a failing valve at the top of the stomach, called gerd. Acid medicines can reduce the pain and much of the damage to the esophagus, but they do not stop the stomach fluid from coming up. Gerd is often associated with hiatal hernias and this can be repaired with anti-reflux surgery. ...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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Good meal for someone with acid reflux and diverticulitis ?

Good meal for someone with acid reflux and diverticulitis ?

BALANCE AND NO BOOZE: For reflux, avoid alcohol and tobacco, carbonation, and large meals. Don't lie down after meals for a couple hours. For the acute inflammation of diverticulitis, you should eat a lower residue diet, but once the inflammation has subsided, you may eat almost anything. I recommend avoiding peanuts and popcorn, and try to incorporate some fibre, as well.Keep hydrated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tips for someone living with ulcerative colitis?

Tips for someone living with ulcerative colitis?

Autoimmune Paleo: The best way to improve colitis is by stopping foods like grains, lentils, potatoes based items. Avoid nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggs) and milk protein since they also cause inflammation Healthy foods: fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Probonix probiotic, vitD3 10k IU/day. The Paleo Solution by R. Wolfe is a great book ...Read more

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Shortness of breath with minimal exertion activities, not a problem when exercising. Suffer from migraines and GERD. Early 20's and otherwise healthy.

Shortness of breath with minimal exertion activities, not a problem when exercising. Suffer from migraines and GERD. Early 20's and otherwise healthy.

Graduated exertion: If shortness of breath is due to a pathologic process (aka "disease"), it progressively worsens with increasing severity of exercise. If I understand you, you become breathless early on but, when you exercise more, it gets better or at least doesn't interfere (?) - to me, that suggests a "warm-up" phenomenon. This is physiologic, not pathologic (aka "normal). Increasing fitness should alleviate it ...Read more

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Can Plavix cause persistent heartburn in a person with stroke, heart atrack and GERD treated with Protonix (pantoprazole)?

Can Plavix cause persistent heartburn in a person with stroke, heart atrack and GERD treated with Protonix (pantoprazole)?

Unlikely: Plavix (clopidogrel) does not cause such acidity symptoms but acid refux can be the reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can barrett's eusophagus cause more complications or visa versa with someone with emphysema?

Can barrett's eusophagus cause more complications or visa versa with someone with emphysema?

The Barrett.'s can: Definitely be associated with severe reflux, and to the extent it could produce lung aspiration events it could certainly negatively impact a patient with emphysema. Especially if the aspiration leads to pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have GERD more than 12 years and managing with Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 1bd with domperidon and clonazepam 0.5mg in night. Can't live without them. Suggestions?

I have GERD more than 12 years and managing with Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 1bd with domperidon and clonazepam 0.5mg in night. Can't live without them. Suggestions?

Reflux: Consider diet change, avoid soda drinks, caffeine, tea, chocolate, spicy food, tomatoes, citric drinks, or alcohol. Check with your physician to see if using h-2 blockers is an alternative damp tidings or ranitidine). Long term use of medium lowers magnesium and increases risk of osteoporosis. Ask your doctors if you had a biopsy for helicobacter pylori, if positive will need dual antibiotic tx. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with GERD at 48 by upper GI series Minor symptoms most days with nexium (esomeprazole). What are my chances for Barrets or espophical cancer later in life?

Diagnosed with GERD at 48 by upper GI series Minor symptoms most days with nexium (esomeprazole). What are my chances for Barrets or espophical cancer later in life?

OddsAbout6:1After10y: Barret's occurs in variable times after onset of GERD, but usually takes years. It is found in about 10-15% of people who are studied for GERD.People who have it are at a higher risk of cancer but it's still quite low (around .5%)These are just round numbers- and the time factor is unclear (from onset GERD to Barret's and from Barret's to cancer).Unless your GERD is really severe, I wouldn't worry ...Read more

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16 year old male. 6'1 and 180 lbs. healthy lifestyle. With Bipolar and anxiety/panic disorder. Indigestion issues, likelihood of hiatal hernia?

16 year old male. 6'1 and 180 lbs. healthy lifestyle. With Bipolar and anxiety/panic disorder. Indigestion issues,  likelihood of hiatal hernia?

Talk to your doctor : Indigestion issues could be due to your medication used to treat your Bipolar Disorder. Don't stop taking your medicine. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. He or she will have to diagnose your condition to determine appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can regular use of alkaline water ph8 or higher be helpful in dealing with esophogitis and lapryngeal reflux symptoms.

Can regular use of alkaline water ph8 or higher  be helpful in dealing with esophogitis and lapryngeal reflux symptoms.

NO: So called alkaline water's effects are SUPERFICIAL and TEMPORARY if it has any effect at all! You need PRESCRIPTIVE advice from a Health Care Professional.. You can try (in the meantime) an OTC H-2 BLOCKER m (EXAMPLE ZANTAC or PEPCID) Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Antral erosion with (mild) congestive gastropathy with gastric polyp with erosive duodinitis (polypectomy done) explanation, advice and diet please.

Antral erosion with (mild) congestive gastropathy with gastric polyp with erosive duodinitis (polypectomy done) explanation, advice and diet please.

Wow: We have only 400 characters here, answering your question minimally would require a lot more. Explanation and diet is not possible here; but advice is ok : ask your dr with the studies in front of you. ...Read more

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Can an agoraphobic hypochondriac with GAD, OCD, panic disorder, and social anxiety ever hope to live a normal life with marked reduction of symptoms?

Can an agoraphobic hypochondriac with GAD, OCD, panic disorder, and social anxiety ever hope to live a normal life with marked reduction of symptoms?

Hope: The different diagnoses that you listed could easily be summarized as someone dealing with severe anxiety issues. There is always hope to have reduction in the symptoms of anxiety and to live a happier life. My suggestion to you would be to seek wise counseling and to work closely together with a psychiatrist or other mental health professional to find the right treatment regimen for you. It is very common for people who struggle with anxiety to feel hopeless about their future. ...Read more

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Can people with nose cancer eat a regular diet, with no restrictions?

Can people with nose cancer eat a regular diet, with no restrictions?

Yes: There is no reason not to eat a regular diet unless the cancer has somehow impaired their ability to swallow. ...Read more

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Please help very anxious, will taking PPIs for hiatal hernia and gerd reduce the risk of developing Barrett's oesophagus?

Please help very anxious, will taking PPIs for hiatal hernia and gerd reduce the risk of developing Barrett's oesophagus?

Follow advice...: Many factors may contribute to the occurrence of Barrett's esophagus like GERD, smoking, regurgitation, etc., and PPIs may help ease GERD-related symptoms. So, it is logical to state PPIs may potentially decrease the risk of developing Barrettt's esophagus. But, how much may it help still remains unclear. Remember: Doc never cures anything, but help modify something to some degree with/without... ...Read more

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75-year-old severe COPD with pfts in 20-25% range, newly diagnosed lung ca. Considering cyberknife. Your thoughts about complications from scarring.

75-year-old severe COPD with pfts in 20-25% range, newly diagnosed lung ca. Considering cyberknife. Your thoughts about complications from scarring.

Rarely a problem: Cyberknife radiosurgery was specifically developed for patients with early stage lung cancers who cannot have a surgery due heart, lung, or other medical problems. It is very rare for scarring or pneumonitis to affect breathing in any noticible way after this treatment. The risk should be only a few percent (about 2-3%). I have treated many who are nearly oxygen dependent without making so. ...Read more

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Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

MCTD: You mentioned you have scleroderma and SLE. You need to be seen by a lung doc if you have not seen one already. You conditions need a multi disciplinary approach with a rheumatologist/ pulmonary doc/ and a cardiologist. Most large teaching hospital have docs that have exp with such complex issues and may be your best bet. Best of luck. ...Read more

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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