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What is the difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

What is the difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

Symptom/disease: Heartburn is a symptom often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). Not everyone with gerd has heartburn and not everyone complaining of heartburn has gerd as the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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 is the difference between heartburn, acid reflux and the gastroesophageal reflux disease?

What is the difference between heartburn, acid reflux and the gastroesophageal reflux disease?

All related: Heartburn is a common symptom of the physiologic event of acid reflux. Gerd is diagnosed when reflux symptoms occur frequently to require medical attention. Reflux symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation, frequent burping, night time cough, or even aspiration.... And many others. If you are having frequent problems and takes Tums (calcium carbonate) or acid reducer regularly, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

No: Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. Gerd, or acid reflux can present with other symptoms such as voice changes, coughing or abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Can there be any difference between g.E.R.D, heartburn, and acid reflux?

Can there be any difference between g.E.R.D, heartburn, and acid reflux?

Reflux: Gerd or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a disease where the valve between the esophagus and stomach doesn't stay closed. This allows stomach content to enter the esophagus. When acid enters, it can be painful. This is heartburn. ...Read more

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What to do if I have serious heartburn and acid reflux help!?

What to do if I have serious heartburn and acid reflux help!?

Change of life style: no smoking, eating right, loosing some weight and possible endoscopy with medications for 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Constant heartburn and acid reflux for over 2 years. How can I get this treated?

Diet,meds&surgery: Avid the foods that cause acid reflux avoid obesity, if obese loose weight h2 blockers like ranitidine and others prton pump inhibiters if nothing else helps than fundal plication surgery or stretta procedure se a gastroenterologist or discuss with your family doctor. ...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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I know what heartburn and acid reflux is. but why did I get it all of a sudden when I've never had before?

Hiatal hernia?: With age, a hiatal hernia can develop which can predispose someone to acid reflux. Try an OTC acid suppressant and if you don't get quick relief, see your doctor to make sure it is not something more serious. ...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

Dr. Louis Gallia
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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