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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. Jeffrey Bassman
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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 GERD and acid reflux?

What is the difference between GERD and acid reflux?

GERD: Stands for gastro esophageal reflux disease, gastric contents are almost always acidic, so gerd is basically the same as acid reflux. Treatment for this condition is reducing the amount of acid in the stomach, reducing the amount of the volume of reflux, reducing the amount of time there is reflux, or any two or all three. There are meds, mechanical means, and operations to accomplish them. ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between heartburn and acid indigestion?

What is the difference between heartburn and acid indigestion?

Same: These can be used interchangeably by patients and physicians. Dyspepsia is another term used. ...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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What is the difference between acid reflux and laryngopharyngeal reflux?

What is the difference between acid reflux and laryngopharyngeal reflux?

Reflux: GERD is the basis of both. LPR has symptoms of hoarseness, occasionally pain, voice change, possible laryngospasm because the acid and pepsin are being aspirated to the area above the vocal cords and sometimes onto the vocal cords. Endoscopy a good idea if your have symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the difference in heartburn and acid reflux?

What is the difference in heartburn and acid reflux?

See below: Acid reflux is one cause of heart burn. The latter is a symptom. You may consult this site for information in this topic: http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/reflux-disease-gerd-1#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heartburn and gerd?

Really the same: Some doctors may call more regular episodes of heartburn gerd i.e. Daily as opposed to episodic heartburn that you get from eating too much pizza. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hyperacidity and heartburn?

What is the difference between hyperacidity and heartburn?

Same thing: You may be speaking of the same thing. Increased acid production in the stomach may be a cause of the symptom of heartburn. Heartburn is the term we use to describe the pain that we feel as a result of increased acid production, or if that stomach acid is allowed to come up into the esophagus due to a hiatal hernia or other causes. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between GERD and acid reflux?

Is there a difference between GERD and acid reflux?

Essentially the same: Laryngopharyngeal reflux will fall under acid reflux but would technically not be gerd. Many patients suffer from both gerd & lprd. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between laryngopharyngeal reflux and acid reflux?

Need advice on what is the the difference between laryngopharyngeal reflux and acid reflux?

Location of symptom: Laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr) and gastroesophageal reflex (gerd) differ mostly in the way a patient has symptoms. They are both ultimately caused by stomach contents moving backwards. In gerd, the predominant symptom is heartburn. In lpr, there are many possible symptoms including cough, hoarseness, sore throat, throat clearing, sensation of a lump in the throat. Treatment is similar for both. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heartburn and indigestion?

What is the difference between heartburn and indigestion?

Symptom vs Condition: Heartburn is a very common symptom of indigestion. Other possible ones include: general discomfort in the belly feeling uncomfortably full during or after eating stomach pain frequent belching feeling nauseated feeling bloated. ...Read more

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What's the difference between acid reflux and gerd. What are the different treatments?

What's the difference between acid reflux and gerd. What are the different treatments?

Degrees: Gastro esophageal reflux disease = gerd. Some gastroesophageal reflux (ger) is normal. It becomes a disease(gerd) when it causes organ damage (inflammation of the esophagus, stricture, dysfunction, aspiration, barrett's esophagus, etc…), has adverse impact on you, or requires chronic medication to control. ...Read more

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What are the main differences in symptoms between acid reflux and stomach ulcers?

What are the main differences in symptoms between acid reflux and stomach ulcers?

Location: Pain location with acid reflux is typically in mid-lower chest, and has a burning quality. Pain from stomach ulcers will localize in the upper abdomen; pressing over stomach is usually painful. ...Read more

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What is the difference between achalasia and gerd?

What is the difference between achalasia and gerd?

A lot: Achalasia is a disease of the esophagus where the nerves coordinating function don't work, and the esophagus cannot properly propel food down to the stomach. Gerd is a problem with the valve between the esophagus and stomach whereby it permits stomach contents into the esophagus. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between asthma and acid reflux?

Asthma and acid reflux often occur together: It isn't clear why, or whether one causes the other. But we do know that acid reflux can worsen asthma and asthma can worsen acid reflux — especially severe acid reflux, a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Asthma and acid reflux can occur together in children as well as in adults. In fact, about half the children with asthma also have GERD. When asthma and acid reflux do occur together medications may not work as well to control signs and symptoms of either condition, such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest pain. Treating acid reflux may help ease symptoms. You may be able to control acid reflux with over-the-counter medications — for example, a proton pump inhibitor, such as omeprazole (Prilosec OTC). Avoiding reflux triggers, such as fatty foods, alcohol and tobacco, also may help. If that's not enough, prescription medications may be needed. In severe cases, surgery is sometimes necessary. If you have asthma and think you might have acid reflux, talk to your doctor about the best treatments. In some cases, asthma medications can worsen acid reflux. This is particularly true of theophylline (Theo-24, Elixophyllin, others). But don't quit taking or change any asthma medications without getting your doctor's OK first. . ...Read more

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What are difference between acid reflux and GERD and what are the differences in treatment?

Multiple treat: Gastro esophageal reflux disease = gerd. This is generally synonymous with "acid reflux" or "heart burn". If you take "acid blockers", you decrease/eliminate stomach acid, however, that does not stop reflux into esophagus. It just decreases and/or eliminates the acidic content of material that refluxes into the esophagus. Hopefully, alleviating symptoms of reflux. ...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

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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)

Burning pain or irritation in the upper stomach or lower chest. May be worse on lying down, and is ...Read more