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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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What are the causes of this painful acid reflux/heartburn?

What are the causes of this painful acid reflux/heartburn?

Gastroenterologist: See a gastroenterologist for an evaluation and treatment. Get the right answers to your question. ...Read more

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What super food should I be eating to help alleviate acid which causes me bad heartburn and acid reflux p?

What super food should I be eating to help alleviate acid which causes me bad heartburn and acid reflux p?

No single food but: Diet can play a huge role in reversing this. Apple cider vinegar can temporarily alleviate symptoms but to permanently cure this you need a low carb diet as part of a program to rebalance your GI flora- see http://bit.Ly/1b1avqs ; http://bit.Ly/1nujy57 ; http://www.Earthclinic.Com/cures/heartburn.Html#acv. ...Read more

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My bf kept on getting acid reflux, sometimes cause him to have heartburn. Is there any food/drink other than medicine he can take to heal over time?

My bf kept on getting acid reflux, sometimes cause him to have heartburn. Is there any food/drink other than medicine he can take to heal over time?

Try vinegar: The most important thing to so is try to eliminate the problem (often a food intolerance). Try eliminating all wheat and gluten. Also look at other common food allergies. Sometimes slow emptying of the stomach is the problem so taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (not distilled) in a small glass of water can stimulate the stomach to function better. ...Read more

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Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

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

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Should my prescribed acid reflux pills be burning my esophagus? If so, how can that cause heartburn or reflux?

Pills shouldn't burn: Acid reflux pills should not burn when swallowed. If you have severe reflux, you can have injury and inflammation of the esophagus. This would make it very painful to swallow anything (dysphagia). Most acid reflux pills act by reducing the acid from the acid producing cells of the stomach. The pills will not cause reflux. You may have other problems (like hiatal hernia) that would need diagnosis. ...Read more

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Any dairy = reflux/heartburn. Extreme fatty food = no heartburn, no reflux. No lactose milk = acid reflux too. What causes reflux then ? Thank you.

Any dairy = reflux/heartburn. Extreme fatty food = no heartburn, no reflux. No lactose milk = acid reflux too. What causes reflux then ? Thank you.

Milk protein Allergy: If the reflux is triggered by both lactose containing and lactose free milk, then you may have milk protein allergy. An allergic reaction releases histamine. Histamine in the stomach will increase acid production and cause stomach contractions which will push the acid up the esophagus. Try avoiding cows milk products and see if it helps. ...Read more

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Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Cancer from reflux: Chronic GERD can increase the risk of esophageal cancer by producing changes in the lining of the esophagus from acid burns. This is called Barrett's esophagus and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This occurs in long term acid reflux. If you have only occasional symptoms, you are less at risk. If your symptoms are chronic, however, it's a good idea to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can 500 mg of daily vitamin c cause acid reflux? Ive noticed more heartburn since i started taking vitamin c. Not sure if its related or coincidental

Can 500 mg of daily vitamin c cause acid reflux? Ive noticed more heartburn since i started taking vitamin c. Not sure if its related or coincidental

Vitamin C: & reflux is possible. Please take C w/food and see if that helps. Consider using a powder form of C. See your doc for proper diagnosis. Peace and good health. Take C in a.m. & p.m. It only lasts about 12 hours in the body. ...Read more

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Does heartburn or acid reflux cause heart palpitations?

Does heartburn or acid reflux cause heart palpitations?

Possible cause: Acid reflux can be associated with heart palpitations. Both conditions are so relatively common that proving a relationship when both are present is difficult. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...Read more