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Pro Macrobiotic Diet To Prevent Acid Reflux
I have daily acid reflux, NEG h pylori. MD said no concern. What's best treatment to prevent ulcers, stricture and barrets esophagus ? Herbs? Diet?
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Food: Most reflux issues are due to diet. Don't eat foods that you expect to cause heartburn. This may seem like common sense advice but needs to be said. If you continue to have symptoms however, you should be evaluated for a short course of medication and possible even a stomach scope (egd) to rule out ulcers and damage to the stomach and esophagus. ...Read more
More than one answer: There are several things you can do for reflux - first and foremost, seeing an ENT and or GI doc to definitively diagnose your condition, making sure nothing else is occurring that may be more serious causing it. Amongst possibilities a doc would do to control reflus may be medications, diet modification, and weight loss, . ...Read more
How often does aspiration happen and exactly how does it happen? And why? How to prevent it? And can acid reflux cause it?
It's entirely dependent on the individual patient. Acid reflux causes it. Indeed you have to have reflux, technically before it can be aspirated.
Predisposing factors are lying down with a lot of food in the stomach, age, diabetes, alcohol and sedatives and narcotics and other drugs, and any deformity of the structures closing off the upper part of the stomach like hiatal hernia. ...Read more
Elevate head of bed: Consider more pillows or even a pillow 'ramp' that is available at many bed supply stores like bbb. Eat earlier; don't eat within a few hours of bed. Eat smaller meals and no alcohol in evening. Speak to your doctor about medication if persists or try otc Omeprazole or famoitidine. Be sure to see a physician if not improved. ...Read more
Depends on surgery.: The length of recovery depends on many factors, but the most important would be the type of antireflux surgery you have. Typically patients undergoing laparoscopic surgeries, such as a nissen or toupet, spend 1 night in the hospital and recovery is 1-2 weeks. The new transoral surgery, tif, is typical 1 week recovery. But remember that some people recover from surgery faster than others. ...Read more
Sleep on empty tummy: Try to eat your meal 2 hr before bedtime to allow for stomach emptying thus reducing the amount of digesting acid in your stomach. Moreover, avoid fatty food which cause slower emptying of stomach. ...Read more
Can acid reflux give you asthma? If so how can I prevent myself from getting asthma? (assuming I currently don't have asthma )
Acid reflux : Presuming you have reflux, your best plan is to take good care of yourself and it, and don't worry about what you don't have. People with reflux should lose weight if overweight, avoid alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruit, fried/fatty food, garlic, peppermint, onions, spicy food, tomato-based food such as Italian/Mexican. Eat small meals often, no bedtime snacks. Take meds as needed ...Read more
Omeprazole: it is okay to try omeprazole up to 20 mg once a day for up to two weeks to try to prevent heartburn and acid reflux. If your symptoms persist beyond that, you should see your dr. for a more definitive diagnosis and longer-term treatment. Avoid the particular foods that you think cause your reflux. I'd avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. Consider tilting your bed. Good luck. ...Read more
I usually use omeprozole once daily to control and prevent my acid reflux. Will ranitidine tablets work the same way? All day?
Possibly: These meds can give the same result- although they work differently in the body to relieve symptoms of acid reflux. Omeprazole is more likely to last the full 24hrs- and ranitidine is usually twice a day. There is a once a day dosing that can be prescribed. It may be less expensive to use the ranitidine- so it is worth trying. ...Read more
Why does my acid reflux symptoms always seem to get worse after a rainy day? Can I do anything to prevent it? I take Omeprazole 20mg daily.
Rhinitis?: A trigger for gastric irritation and subsequent reflux is swallowed mucus from post-nasal drip. Alternatively, postnasal drip can worsen an already irritated throat from GERD. This will cause pain in the back of the throat, a sensation of having a lump in your throat, or cough/vocal cord irritation. Weather changes can be trigger for non-allergic rhinitis. Tree pollen also increases after rain ...Read more
I take Prilosec to prevent my acid reflux from occurring. I take 1 OTC version every other day. Is it dangerous to take for 1 yr? Other options ?
Depends: There are a lot of serious side effects including osteoporosis, a higher risk for pneumonia and even food allergies, dementia etc but the incidence is not high. Every drug has a risk/benefit ratio . If your discomfort is severe enough, you may need the medication. Weight reduction, avoiding coffee, tea, alcohol, fatty, and spicy food may help. Discuss with doctor if still concerned. ...Read more
Acid reflux: The first thing to do is to treat the acid reflux. There are a number of medications that will reduce the acid content of your stomach and minimize any damage the acid might do to your vocal cords. This should be treated and you should see a physician to be on one of our stronger medications. ...Read more
Would taking a probiotic naturally prevent my acid reflux? I'm currently on prescription Omeprazole 40mg 1x/day.
Does Carafate (sucralfate) heal damage caused by chronic acid reflux? If I take this, how can I prevent aluminum toxicity?
Don't need to worry: about aluminum if you have normal renal function as will be excreted through your kidneys. Only take the recommended dose of carafate (sucralfate). ...Read more
How to cure acid reflux naturally or medically to prevent future issues and how to let throat heal?
Acid Reflux: Greetings. It's good that you are approaching the reflux problem as you are. We often times seek out a quick cure but the acid actually causes a chronic irritation to the sensitive throat mucosal lining. Treatments include beginning a low acid diet, weight loss, avoid late meals, avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. An OTC antacid may help too. Finally a visit to your ENT doctor may be needed. ...Read more
Spitting blood: Spitting up blood can be a serious complication of acid reflux - if the blood is arising from your esophagus or your stomach, then you have a bleeding source that needs immediate attention. If the blood is from a tooth or you bit your tongue, then it will stop. So, check your mouth - if no bleeding source present, you must be seen asap. Gastritis, esophagitis, or an ulcer must be assessed ...Read more
Sometimes when I get nervous I get acid reflux or heart burn. How can I treat this and prevent it in the future?
Prilosec(omeprazole): Mental anguish shown to be associated with increased gastric acid secretion. If you are going to sleep with a good deal of mental stress take an acid reducer at least an hour before and this may help. Omeprazole is the generic of Prilosec. If this happens frequently, get Magnesium Oxide as a supplement & take 250mgs a few times a week, providing your kidney funct is NL (serum BUN & Creatinine) ...Read more
Can GERD cause COPD? If so, would taking a PPI completely prevent the possibility of COPD caused by acid reflux?
Back throat been feeling weird. Clearing throat often. Acid reflux or what is it? Of that how to heal or prevent it getting worse
Globus sensation: Globus (lump) sensation may have multiple etiologies such as rhinitis with post nasal drip (allergic, vasomotor, infectious), laryngopharyngeal reflux (acid/pepsin/bile) into throat, cryptic tonsillar debris, and various tumors (less common). Monitor diet, consider trial of OTC acid medication and/or allergy medication. Follow up with ENT for evaluation with persistent symptoms. ...Read more
How can i prevent acid reflux attacks if i fall asleep after eating? Dont say "dont fall asleep after a meal" i have a son and a rough work schedule
Several possiblities: Anytime you lay down you position the stomach at the same level as your throat, and muscular action of the stomach (active after meals) can generate pressure enough to reflux. But you can alter other areas.Avoid any caffeine or nicotine which loosens the stomach opening.Avoid fatty foods that take longer to process, consider a daily OTC med like prilosec. ...Read more
Seeing as i take prilosec daily for my GERD(and now i NEVER get acid reflux) this should prevent my gerd from ever developing to barretts esophagus?
Yes: Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, occurs frequently in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn, which can be controlled by medication . In a few patients with GERD (10-15%), a change in the esophageal lining develops called Barrett’s esophagus which is believed to be a common cause of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Controlling GERD important. ...Read more
I have acid reflux and every evening, I get choking feeling in my throat which doesn't go away for few hours. Is there a way to prevent it? Thanks.
GERD to THROAT: To prevent GERD -- eat smaller meals, chew more thoroughly, make posture straighter, get up and walk after eating, sip water during and after eating, eat less meat. AND of course, take acid blocker or acid reducer each evening 30 min before eating, such as omeprazole or Pepcid (famotidine). Both are OTC. ...Read more
Anything: If no symptoms it is ok.Get a more detailed answer ›
Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...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