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What exactly is gerd?

What exactly is gerd?

Acid in the esophagu: Gerd is gastroesophageal reflux disease, where stomach contents (usually but not always acidic) reflux back up into the esophagus, causing burning pain and sometimes injury to the esophagus lining. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease (gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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I've heard different things. What exactly is gerd?

I've heard different things. What exactly is gerd?

Heartburn: Gerd is the medical term for heartburn. It stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is your stomach acid refluxing or rising up into your esophagus (food pipe) which presents as a burning sensation. If left untreated for a long period it can lead to severe irritation and inflammation of the lining of the esophagus. ...Read more

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What is a GERD cough like? I had gastritis last week and now I have a tickly cough, could it be linked?

What is a GERD cough like? I had gastritis last week and now I have a tickly cough, could it be linked?

Possible, unlikely: A cough can be caused by many things, gerd being one of them. Not sure how you know your had gastritis, but that is not linked to gerd or a cough. Environmental allergies and asthma would typically be at the tip of the list. Of course if you smoke, that would influence it as well. ...Read more

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A gastro put me on Prilosec OTC years ago. Told me I should always take it. What if my GERD resolved? Can I EVER get off it? How? Without rebound?

A gastro put me on Prilosec OTC years ago. Told me I should always take it. What if my GERD resolved? Can I EVER get off it? How? Without rebound?

Yes: You should be able to! Take a break from it and see how your symptoms do. This is presuming there was not another indication for taking it such as previous stomach bleed or on another medication which indicates that you should be on it. ...Read more

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What are the GERD and stomach lining inflammation symptoms?

What are the GERD and stomach lining inflammation symptoms?

Discomfort: GERD symptoms are typical heartburn and regurgitation. These are often worse with stress, certain types of good and drink, and Lyon g down or leaning forward. Stomach lining inflammation, or gastritis, can cause pain just below the lower end of the breast bone. Primary care or GI usually treat milder forms of these. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is gerd?

Spit + pain: Gerd = gastroesophageal reflux disease. It's when food repeatedly comes up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing discomfort. If little babies spit up but don't have pain or fussiness, that's just spit-up, not gerd. ...Read more

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What is GERD?

What is GERD?

Heartburn: Gerd is the medical term for heartburn. It stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is your stomach acid refluxing or rising up into your esophagus (food pipe) which presents as a burning sensation. If left untreated for a long period it can lead to severe irritation and inflammation of the lining of the esophagus. ...Read more

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What causes gerd?

What causes gerd?

GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease is caused by incompetence of the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing stomach acid to reflux into the lower esophagus. ...Read more

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What causes gerd?

GERD: Some reflux is normal, but when it causes damage to the esophagus, lungs, or vocal cords, or significantly impacts daily life, it is a disease. Many factors contribute to cause including diet, obesity, hiatal hernia, and too many random openings only the valve entering the stomach called transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations (tlesr's). Diagnosis & treatment are patient specific. ...Read more

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What makes GERD symptoms worse?

What makes GERD symptoms worse?

See below: Eating within 3 hours of bedtime, overating, meals high in fat, tomatoes, spicy foods, nicotine, chocolate, peppermint, and alcohol can all make gerd worse. ...Read more

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What causes GERD how can you prevent it and what are some remedys for it?

What causes GERD how can you prevent it and what are some remedys for it?

Doctor Consult.: Lower pressure on the 'LES' 'sphincter that keeps stuff on stomach', acid goes up. Loose belt, elevated headrest on bed, no peppermints, or chocolates. Acid reducers like Omeprazole or zantac, (ranitidine) usually prescribed. No large meals, don't eat 3 hours before going to bed. See your doctor :) ...Read more

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What differentiates GERD from functioal dyspepsia?

What differentiates GERD from functioal dyspepsia?

EGD: The gold standard diagnostic tool is a egd (upper endoscopy). The egd will determine if you have gerds or just dyspepsia. Dyspepsia would show gasrtis. Gerd would show eosphagitis. ...Read more

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Can GERD cause chest discomfort? What are GERD symptoms? How to relieve it?

Yes: As gerd is gastro esophageal reflux, or excessive acids that are being produced in your stomach and refluxing, or coming up into your esophagus causing pain discomfort and burning. Lots more could be said but the short answer is see your gastroenterologist and get a proper diagnosis, find out the causes and then they can probably take care of it. Good luck. ...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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Is there a connection between gastritis and lupus or what about GERD and lupus?

Is there a connection between gastritis and lupus or what about GERD and lupus?

Not per se: Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect multiple organs or body system/areas. Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach. Gerd is gastroesophageal reflux disease. Someone with lupus could have gastritis and/or gerd but lupus would not likely be the cause. Autoimmune gastritis does occur but rare. Medications to treat lupus could predispose to gastritis or aggravate gerd. ...Read more

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Severe Gerd even on 40mg Protoninx Daily. What's next? GERD all day every day worse with food. Oatmeal even made it bad, I have lupus & dysautonomia

Severe Gerd even on 40mg Protoninx Daily. What's next? GERD all day every day worse with food. Oatmeal even made it bad, I have lupus & dysautonomia

Try PPI 2x/day: (1) the Protonix (pantoprazole) needs be taken 30-60 mins before your first meal. (2) you may need a second dose before dinner. (3)No food/drink 3 hrs before bedtime (4)Normalized weight. Consult a GI doctor since there are new device or procedure which may greatly improve your GERD. ...Read more

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I lost weight diring pregnancy, I lost more when I gave birth almost 8kilos, after 2months I lost another 2-3kilos. Is this normal? What to do? Ihave GERD

I lost weight diring pregnancy, I lost more when I gave birth almost 8kilos, after 2months I lost another 2-3kilos. Is this normal? What to do? Ihave GERD

Impossible: There is no way to comment without much more information such as your weight, lab data, and the list goes on and on. You need to be working with your physician to figure this out! ...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