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Treating Gerd Naturally
My endoscopy results came up normal. Should I just take omeprazole whenever my GERD flares up or just treat it naturally? Is omeprazole bad over time?
Use it sparingly: Omeprazole is safe used occasionally but it is associated with problems when taken long term. This type of drug is associated with risks of pneumonia, malabsorption of nutrients and bone density loss. If you can figure out natural ways to avoid the reflux it would be best. If you only use the omeprazole occasionally it should be fine. ...Read more
Depends: Treatment is unique to the individual symptoms, severity, and goals of each patient. Options include dietary changes, medications, endoscopic or surgical procedures. Best to see your primary care provider for a more complete evaluation if necessary. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Are there different surgical procedures for treating gerd, or does everyone have the same operation?
GERD: Dietary changes can improve the symptoms of GERD. It is important to avoid any particular foods that give you problems, but common culprits are tomatoes, onions, citrus fruits, chocolate, caffeine, and alcohol. Tilting your bed on blocks often helps. You should avoid tobacco. Despite these measures, though, many people still require chronic medication to control GERD. Good luck. ...Read more
Dr said I have GERD can't swallow I'm treating it but how can I eat without choking he said it could be the anxiety but I need to eat just how ?
Globus Pharyngeus : may be caused by reflux of acidic stomach contents into the upper esophagus, causing spasm of the upper esophageal sphincter muscle & a sensation of something stuck in the throat. After endoscopic & manometric diagnosis, medications for GERD + Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for anxiety may be effective. If globus persists after GERD is controlled, local Botox may help. See comment for more info. ...Read more
What are the Medical/Scientific ways of treating structural aberrancy of lower esophageal sphincter which causes GERD?
Do Deglycyrrhized licorice (DGL) and zinc carnosine (Polaprezinc in Japan) work for treating acid reflux and GERD?
Unknown.: There are not good human studies for either one of them to be able to assess their effect on G.I. diseases. There do not seem to be bad side effects for zinc carnosine. It is less clear for DGL. It can have bad interactions with other medications and other supplements. If you want to take either of these, discuss it with your doctor first. Good luck. ...Read more
Cimetidine 600mg is not being effective treating my gerd, another doctor prescribe me Nexium 40mg. Is it a good choice to switch over?
Discuss it: You can certainly discuss it with your doctor. He/she will give you the pros and cons of the procedure. ...Read more
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