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Hiatal hernia: other than GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)/heartburn, what other effects might it cause? Is it dangerous if left untreated?

Hiatal hernia: other than GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)/heartburn, what other effects might it cause? Is it dangerous if left untreated?

Depends: Large hiatal hernias (or paraesophageal) hernias can cause chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and severe anemia from chronic bleeding. Only rarely do they cause life threatening problems such as gangrene. They are however frequently misunderstood as the cause of symptoms, so if a large hiatal or paraesophageal hernia is the diagnosis, see a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in lap repair. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Reflux (Definition)

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


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Can there be a natural remedy for acid reflux disease, barretts esophagus and hiatal hernia?

Can there be a natural remedy for acid reflux disease, barretts esophagus and hiatal hernia?

Weight loss, elevate: Keeping the intra-abdominal pressures low is the key to keeping food/acid from refluxing into your esophagus. If you keep your head about 30 degrees (using cinder blocks under the bed posts is an inexpensive way to do this) of the parallel, most reflux is prevented. Weight loss also reduces abdominal pressure and keeps the food where it should be. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is acid reflux disease curable?

Is acid reflux disease curable?

Sometimes: Acid reflux can be treated medically such as with Omeprazole or with surgery. It is possible to 'cure' the acid reflux if the surgery is successful. ...Read more

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How to reduce LPR (acid reflux disease) and their symptoms?

How to reduce LPR (acid reflux disease) and their symptoms?

LPR: When patients are diagnosed with this laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr), they are usually prescribed medicines for it. The medicine group that i prescribe most often are proton pump inhibitors and they are quite effective. However, beyond meds, i also review dietary changes that can help. Reduce or eliminate alcohol, caffeine, carbonation, tomato, citrus, spicy, greasy, chocolate, and mints. ...Read more

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What are some potential long-term effects of acid reflux disease?

Esophageal injury: Longterm gerd exposes your esophagus to acidic material. This is injurious. There are a number of potential effects including but not limited to esophagitis, stricture, damage to your teeth, reactive airway/asthma type symptoms, aspiration/pneumonia, "barret's esophagus", and even risk of esophageal cancer. Some of these are "extremes", so please discuss with your family physician. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medications can be used to treat acid reflux disease?

Prilosec: 20 mg tab, 40 mg tabs available. Minimal symptoms 20mg daily enopugh. More symptoms 20 mg twice a day or 40 mg once a day. Also try fatty and fried foods, proper dietary habits, avoiding smoking, obesity , proper sleep and avoiding unneccesary nsaid- nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs like motrin, aleeve, Aspirin in excess help to reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent acid reflux from turning into acid reflux disease?

What can you do to prevent acid reflux from turning into acid reflux disease?

Take antacids regula: Regular use of antacids will neutralize the acid and prevent acid reflux disease(gerd) which can result from high acid moving up and down into your esophagus. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acid reflux disease. Would tomato sauce give me an acid reflux episode?

What to do if I have acid reflux disease. Would tomato sauce give me an acid reflux episode?

Probably: One of the causes of acid reflux is random openings of the valve between the esophagus and stomach. These random events can also be triggered by such things as citrus juice, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate and fatty foods. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux disease, and i wanted to know can you have pain in your chest if it's untreated?

Yes: Acid reflux can cause pain that is frequently described as heartburn. It may also cause spasms if the esophagus that are typically described as a crampy pain in the chest/back. Cold drinks canals this worse. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What exactly is nonerosive reflux disease?

What exactly is nonerosive reflux disease?

NERD: It means reflux with no obvious tissue damage and could be due to nonacid reflux. ...Read more

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What is acid reflux disease?

It is common: It means the the acid from your stomach is going up and down your esophagus..It is due to a week muscle. It usually can be controlled with use of antacids which will reutralise the acid and relieve any symptoms of heart burn which the acid will cause. ...Read more

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How is acid reflux disease treated?

Lifestyle, diet, med: Sometimes, one needs to lose weight. Other times, patients need a 1-2 month course of nexium, prilosec, Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) etc. Other times patients have to adjust their diet by cutting out acidic foods like alcohol and tomatoes. ...Read more

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Can someone die of acid reflux disease?

Can someone die of acid reflux disease?

No: No, not gerd per se. Gerd can lead to barretts esophagus which can lead to esophageal cancer and ultimately death. Esophageal cancer is becoming more common and has a high mortality but is still relatively uncommon. ...Read more

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Does hydrochloric acid cause reflux disease?

Does hydrochloric acid cause reflux disease?

Yes: Reflux is associated with hydrochloric acid leaking into the lower end of the esophagus. This can be for a number of reasons with a number of remedies. ...Read more

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How can someone die of acid reflux disease?

How can  someone die of acid reflux disease?

GERD: Longstanding gerd can lead to permanent damage to the esophagus which can then lead to cancer of the esophagus. Although this is unusual, cancer of the esophagus is often identified in its late stages, and in this instance, can lead to death from stage IV esophageal cancer. Endoscopy is mandatory if you have long standing gerd. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acid reflux disease?

Many...: Subtle symptoms of acid reflux include frequent throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in the throat, dry cough, voice changes, postnasal drip, and mucus in the throat. Less subtle symptoms obviously include heartburn or indigestion pain, or even brash (stomach contents reaching the back of the throat). ...Read more

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How to determine if I have acid reflux disease?

Symptoms: Heartburn, that could go up the entire esophagus, chest pain that could feel like a heart attack. You could have reflux without having symptoms. A specialist could confirm it with an endoscope showing inflammation in the esophagus. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more