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I am experiencing acid reflux and heartburn (gerd). I tend to get this a lot after swallowing a pill. What could cause this?

I am experiencing  acid reflux and heartburn (gerd). I tend to get this a lot after swallowing a pill. What could cause this?

GERD: Gerd (movement of stomach contents into esophagus) can result from: 1) inappropriate relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter, gastroparesis (sluggish stomach emptying, partial gastric outlet obstruction), ineffective esophageal peristalsis, inadequate salivary production. Limit consumption of: caffeine & fizzy drinks, dietary fats, tomato products, chocolate, tobacco, alcohol, bedtime snacks. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

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


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How does acid reflux/GERD cause coughing?

How does acid reflux/GERD cause coughing?

Cough: The acid rolls over from your esophagus into your trachea which is the main tube into your lungs thus causing you to cough ...Read more

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Can acid reflux or GERD also cause rectal discomfort?

Can acid reflux or GERD also cause rectal discomfort?

No: While the mouth is ultimately connected to the anys, there is no mechanism for gerd to cause discomfort at the off ramp. ...Read more

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What's the difference of GERD reflux and acid reflux and what can thay cause?

No short answer: They are essentially the same. They can cause chest pain (sometimes mistaken for a heart attack), esophagitis (inflammation and possible ulceration of the lower to upper esophagus, coughing, probably asthma. There is also a question whether it can cause barrett's esophagus which may be a precursor to esophageal cancer. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux/GERD cause death? If so, is the death rate from it really low?

Can acid reflux/GERD cause death? If so, is the death rate from it really low?

Doubtful: directlt; hoeverm it can cause stomach ulcers, which can cause internal bleeding/death. ...Read more

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What are some of the bad causes of severe GERD (acid reflux) in teens?!

What are some of the bad causes of severe GERD (acid reflux) in teens?!

TYPES OF FOOD YOU AR: Maybe due to excessive amounts acidic or spicey foods. ...Read more

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These Past couple days I've been having chest pain which is caused by my acid reflux but I read online that it could be GERD I just?

These Past couple days I've been having chest pain which is caused by my acid reflux but I read online that it could be GERD I just?

CHEST PAIN: 'Reflux' = GERD (Gastro-Esophageal REFULX Disease. Going simply by your age and known history of reflux, your next step is to follow up with your primary care provider or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux or GERD cause white coating on tongue?

Many causes: yes acid reflux can cause a white tongue but it as also accompanied by other symptoms like heartburn. white tongue can be cause also by medications, mouth bacteria or yeast and bad oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Can GERD/acid reflux cause pain in upper right quadrant as well? Diagnosed with Gerd. Had gallbladder removed last year.

Not typically: GERD typically does not cause right upper quadrant pain. Depending on the nature of your systems, bile duct problems (such as a retained stone or bile duct stricture) could explain your systems. See your gastroenterologist as additional blood work and imaging tests may be necessary. ...Read more

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Does gerd/acid reflux always cause stimulation of the vagus nerve? If yes, are symptoms of stimulation different from those of anxiety?

Does gerd/acid reflux always cause stimulation of the vagus nerve? If yes, are symptoms of stimulation different from those of anxiety?

Vagus: Interesting question. Symptoms of stimulation of the vagus nerve are not usually associated with anxiety. The vagus nerve has many functions and i won't go into all of them here do to space limitations. Reflux can cause stimulation of the nerve and chest pain and synocope/near synocpe (passing out) can happen but that's often in severe cases and usually with cold/hot beverages/drinks. ...Read more

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Read that gerd is often caused by too little acid? I just started taking nexium for acid reflux. and it has cured that burning feeling. likely I have too much or too little acid if nexium worked so well?

Read that gerd is often caused by too little acid? I just started taking nexium for acid reflux.  and it has cured that burning feeling. likely I have too much or too little acid if nexium worked so well?

GERD: Caused by too much acid or normal acid getting into esophagus from many causes: too fat hiatal hernia. Would ask Dr. about 8 inch blocks under head of bed. Gravity never sleeps. Get them at Bed Bath and Beyond. Recommend you go to uptodate.com to read about medical issues. ...Read more

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Can GERD or acid reflux cause rashes or hives?

Can GERD or acid reflux cause rashes or hives?

See below: GERD is not known to cause rashes or hives. these are most common with anything that causes histamine release from the body like allergies. Gerd can present with unusual symptoms like asthma, chest pain, headaches, biter taste, sore throat. but the hallmark of GERD is heartburn ...Read more

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Can acid reflux/gerd cause shortness of breath?

Can acid reflux/gerd cause shortness of breath?

GERD: in some patients with Gerd, microaspiration occurs, which could result in shortness of breath either from direct aspiration into the trachea or from reflux-induced asthma. Just another reason to get Gerd under control. Good luck. ...Read more

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RUQ pain off and on. No gallbladder. Have GERD/acid reflux. Could GERD cause pain slightly to right of middle of chest?

RUQ pain off and on.  No gallbladder.  Have GERD/acid reflux.  Could GERD cause pain slightly to right of middle of chest?

Yes: Yes it could. So could ulcer pain, pain in your colon, liver problems and other issues. In addition, right sided pneumonias or even chest injury/strain can cause it. So, there are many things that can cause pain to the right of midline, even without a gall bladder! ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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


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