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Whats GERD gastro esophageal reflux disease?

Whats GERD gastro esophageal reflux disease?

GERD defined: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) involves movement of stomach contents back into your esophagus. Gerd can be "silent" in a substantial # of patients, manifesting with ear/nose/throat & lung problems without heartburn. Heartburn is the common presentation of burning discomfort in your chest with exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents. See earlier healthtap answers for gerd prevention. ...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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Whats best medication for GERD please?

Whats best medication for GERD please?

Your doc can give: You something for it after he/she diagnoses it. You can also use dgl, available in the health food store. These capsules are licorice w/out an enzyme that raises blood pressure. They coat the lining of esophagus. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is gerd?

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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Signs of gerd?

Signs of  gerd?

More on GERD: Healthtap is full of answers regarding gerd's causes, variations, and approaches for prevention. Please type "gerd" in the search box, and i think you'll find all the responses you could want! ...Read more

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Is GERD cureable?

Is GERD cureable?

Maybe: Gerd is usually controlled with lifestyle changes and medication. There are some who are "cured" with certain surgical procedures which don't allow the stomach contents to reflux up into the esophagus. See your pcp or a gastroenterologist or a surgeon who specializes in this area. Surgery is usually reserved for those who cannot get control with medications or have other reasons. ...Read more

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Symptoms of gerd?

Symptoms of gerd?

See answer: typically an acid taste in the mouth and an uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest. Classically along the sternum. Some people develop a horse voice or respiratory symptoms. ...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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Is GERD permanent?

GERD duration: Some people are cured of their GERD with changes in weight, diet, medications, etc. It may last a long time, it may be affected by certain conditions, but no, GERD is not permanent. It is in a sense curable. ...Read more

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Is GERD dangerous?

GERD: Common complications of untreated gerd are strictures of the esophagus. Less common is barrett's esophagus and malignant transformation into cancer. Smoking increases the risk of the latter in particular. ...Read more

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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

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Does my baby have gerd?

Does my baby have gerd?

No: Likely not. Even though there is no way to tell without details, it is unlikely. Remember that all babies have reflux - they all spit up. This is why we all buy burp cloths and bibs before we have a baby. But very few have true reflux disease. This only occurs if more severe problems happen like severe pain with spitting or poor weight gain. If you have those symptoms talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is yogurt bad for gerd?

Is yogurt bad for gerd?

Not necessarily : While there are some foods known to increase gerd symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation by lowering the pressure in the valve at the bottom of the esophagus, this is variable among people. Therefore, if the yogurt doesn't make your symptoms worse, go ahead and have it - moderation of course. ...Read more

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How long does GERD last?

How long does GERD last?

Highly variable: No single answer for this one unfortunately. Firstly, some reflux is normal. It becomes a disease if it is damaging your organs (esophagus, vocal cords, lungs), or causing unacceptable lifestyle changes. It can last years, or only occur over a short period of time, say during a stressful period in life. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a thin woman have GERD?

Sure: GERD is usually caused by changes in the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus,including abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, impaired expulsion of gastric reflux from the esophagus (dysmotility),or a hiatal hernia. These changes may be permanent or temporary. Factors that can contribute: Hernia,obesity,hypercalcemia,ZE syndrome,meds, Scleroderma,systemic sclerosis.... ...Read more

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How long does GERD last for?

How long does GERD last for?

Variable: It is highly variable how long reflux disease lasts. I have seen patients that have had symptoms for 20 years before coming to see me for a procedure to actually try to treat the underlying anatomical/physiological problems. Children frequently "grow out of it" by the time they are school age. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can i eat icecream with gerd?

Can i eat icecream with gerd?

Yes: if you have lactose intolerance then it is not a great idea If you have no symptoms after you eat ice cream then you are ok to eat it ...Read more

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Is plain yogurt bad for gerd?

Individual: Even though some food and drink such as citrus and chocolate are known to typically worsen gerd symptoms, everyone is unique, and may have a slightly different, or even opposite response. There is nothing dangerous about having some yoghurt as it relates to gerd. If it doesn't make your symptoms worse, enjoy! ...Read more

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Can u feel whinded with gerd?

Can u feel whinded with gerd?

Yes: If gerd is not controlled it can cause chest pain and some people feel out of breath, or cannot take a deep breath when they are symptomatic. ...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