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Oesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No. : GERD is acid coming up in the esophagus which can cause irritation to the cells that line the esophagus. Rarely, those cells can change appearance to what is called "Barrett's esophagus". These changes in the cells may have potential to become cancerous. Barrett's is rare and it takes years to develop. ...Read more
Not likely: Acid reflux is not like to cause 'throat' cancer - which i would define as oropharynx. However, persistent acid reflux is clearly associated with a condition called barret's esophagus and the potential for development of esogphagela cancer (though i would consider that 'throat.' if you ahve a history of acid refulx, talk wtih your pcp about the need to see a GI doc. ...Read more
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
Tough Sometimes: In general, ischemic heart symptoms are exacerbated by exertion while symptoms of gerd are not related to exertion. It can be difficult to differentiate the two based on symptoms alone. It is important to exclude angina when you are having persistent symptoms rather than assume it is gerd. ...Read more
Not really, but...: Excessive anxiety complicates and amplifies most problems, both physical and emotional. So ger may seem worse, you might "notice" it more, react more to the symptoms. Further, it's possible that ongoing stress may exacerbate conditions which lead to ger, such as acid content in the stomach, gastritis, drinking alcohol, smoking, late-night eating, caffeine intake, over-eating, etc. ...Read more
Several treatments. : Several treatments are available for gerd. The first is lifestyle modifications. These include raising the head of your bed, avoid eating late, losing weight, and avoiding reflu inducing foods. The second is meds, including h2 blockers (zantac, pepcid) and ppis (nexium, prilosec, dexilant). The third is surgery. These include nissen fundoplication, tif (transoral fundoplication) and linx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Crohns disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, barrett's esophagus, esophagitis. 2010 had a fundoplication. Why isn't it working anymore?
Not usually: Acid reflux affects the esophagus and, at times, the upper respiratory passage(larynx, trachea) but i wouldn't expect pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer as complications. If you have reflux, see your md for treatment and dietary advice in order to protect your esophagus from chronic changes. ...Read more
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