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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


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When I eat very acidic tomato sauce I feel it start burning all the down. Had awful heartburn throughout pregnancy but not pregnant anymore. Gerd?

When I eat very acidic tomato sauce I feel it start burning all the down. Had awful heartburn throughout pregnancy but not pregnant anymore. Gerd?

Yes gerd likely: but sometimes is worse during pregnancy since stomach is pushed u and relaxes esophageal sphincter but if tomatoes bother you avoid them for now , gerd precautions are to eat 6 small meals instead of 3 to avoid overflow of stomach , elevate head of bed 6 inches for gravity to push down and avoid eating 3 hours before bed or just small amounts. it may pass. ...Read more

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I am experiencing passing gas, nausea (severity: mild) , heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: bending forward, eating certain foods, lying flat) , abdom...It's hard to eat and sleep.

I am experiencing  passing gas, nausea (severity: mild) , heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: bending forward, eating certain foods, lying flat) , abdom...It's hard to eat and sleep.

Gastroenterologist: A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. Appropriate tests will be ordered in order to make a diagnosis. Possibilities include lactose or gluten intolerance as well as a hiatus hernia with reflux.In the meantime keep note of what foods trigger symptoms, don't go to bed with food in your stomach, sleep with your chest elevated higher than your abdomen, take prilosec,mylanta ...Read more

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Anxiety causing stomach issues hurt to eat and heartburn stomach pain am I headed towards GERD or ulcer? What should I take for this

Anxiety causing stomach issues hurt to eat and heartburn stomach pain am I headed towards GERD or ulcer? What should I take for this

You may be: Stress and anxiety can certainly cause other physical ailments such as increasing acid production, leading to possible GERD or ulcers. The acid issue can be treated by avoiding trigger foods that also affect you, and medications. Controlling anxiety however is the main issue causing your problems, so treating that is paramount. See the Dr. for a good exam, evaluation, and treatment. ...Read more

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Ive been told I have gerd. I don't have any heartburn. I have pain in mid-belly when I eat, closer to belly button than ribs. Is this typical? No ulcer, everything else looks normal via ct scan and ultrasound. 40mg omeprazole helped the nausea but not the

Ive been told I have gerd. I don't have any heartburn. I have pain in mid-belly when I eat, closer to belly button than ribs. Is this typical? No ulcer, everything else looks normal via ct scan and ultrasound. 40mg omeprazole helped the nausea but not the

GERD: is a "finding" by studies (X RAY.....GASTROSCOPY) and may be completely ASYMPTOMATIC!

Thus your pain is NOT explained by GERD but the normal studies should be encouraging!

Report your remaining symptoms to your treating Provider for more ?additional treatment!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...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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What foods should I eat for gerd?

What foods should I eat for gerd?

Avoid certain foods: Spicy food, greasy food, chocolate, spearmint/peppermint, alcohol, carbonated drinks. Avoid heavy meals and avoid lying down after eating. ...Read more

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What are some good foods to eat for gerd?

What are some good foods to eat for gerd?

See below: In general, low fat, smaller meals are recommended for gerd. You should also avoid caffeine, tomato sauce, chocolate, spicy foods, alcohol, salads and celery. You shouldn't eat late meals (within 3 hrs before bedtime). ...Read more

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Im having gerd, what food should I eat and avoid?

Im having gerd, what food should I eat and avoid?

Make it worse : Avoid foods that make your symptoms worse. This is by trial and error. Common gerd inducing foods and drinks include fatty foods, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, and citrus. Stress and exercise can also worsen symptoms. If its too bad, consider a consultation with a surgeon experienced in anti reflux procedures. ...Read more

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Which types of food exactly, can I eat with GERD disease?

Which types of food exactly, can I eat with GERD disease?

Less fat, : Start with smaller meals less fat or fried food more whole fresh fruits and vegetables minimize caffeine- coke- coffee and tea from your diet. Try to eliminate for the short term see a doctor to determine if you need additional treatment and testing if the above doesnt produce satisfactory results. ...Read more

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All the time I eat food it comes back out with mecus can this be a symptoms of GERD?

All the time I eat food it comes back out with mecus can this be a symptoms of GERD?

Vomiting mucous: Although vomiting after eating can be a sign of GERD, the mucous could be due to post nasal drip or is a sign that your body is trying to protect itself from something more serious. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat garlic if you have gerd?

Is it safe to eat garlic if you have gerd?

Likely safe: There is little evidence that eating garlic is acutely dangerous for a person with reflux disease. However, many people find that garlic increases their symptoms. On the other hand, some people believe that garlic is good for their condition. An individual may have to rely on their own response with regard to garlic. ...Read more

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What to do if I have GERD disease and i was wondering if i can eat pizza?

What to do if I have GERD disease and i was wondering if i can eat pizza?

Maybe: As a general rule, greasy and spicy foods, as well as tomato sauce can make gerd symptoms worse. But there is no study to confirm that. Best to use common sense. Try it. I have a patient that can eat any pizza, except pizza hut. It did take him a while to sort that out. ...Read more

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Have gerd. So if this is what not to eat (spicy, greasy, caffeine, chocolate), what's left!?

Have gerd. So if this is what not to eat (spicy, greasy, caffeine, chocolate), what's left!?

Care about GERD: That's why there's acid blockers! but if not controlled exposure of stomach contents to your esophagus can lead to progressive erosions, ulcers, strictures (that get narrower as the scar tissue involved contracts) that trap food, barrett's esophagus (intestinalized tissue), & ultimately esophageal adenocarcinoma. Also may see laryngitis, airway irritability, asthma, chronic sinusitis, ear clicking. ...Read more

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I have GERD how can I cure or control it without meds. I don't eat foods that aggravate it . I hate being on the meds for months at a time.

Tough: This is a very common problem without a great answer. Foods such as coffee, tea, peppermint, onions, garlic and carbonated beverages can worsen it. I would not eat anything 3 hours before you go to bed, keep the head of your bed up, and you may want to use sulcralfate, which is not absorbed and is totally safe. ...Read more

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I have GERD which makes it hard to eat how I used to. Its been a year and a half and I've lost weight. How can I put/keep weight on in a health manner?

I have GERD which makes it hard to eat how I used to. Its been a year and a half and I've lost weight. How can I put/keep weight on in a health manner?

DGL is used to: help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Check w/your doctor about how much would be your optimal weight. He/she may suggest a food plan. Include lots of protein and GOOD fats such as coconut oil and olive oil if doc says ok. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What to eat and what not to eat if one is suffering from GERD and internal piles?

What to eat and what not to eat if one is suffering from GERD and internal piles?

DGL is used to: help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Please see a mental health professional for stress management training. Please see doctor about piles. ...Read more

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Why is GERD making it so hard for me to eat? I also have anxiety about choking on food but I really need to eat

Why is GERD making it so hard for me to eat? I also have anxiety about choking on food but I really need to eat

Unclear: Many people with GERD have the sensation food is stuck in the throat. Probably related to the brain mis-perceiving sensory information from the throat area. It is sometimes referred to as a globus sensation. It's exact cause is really unknown but it is not dangerous. If you're really concerned something is wrong, see your primary care doc for a more complete eval. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have daily chest pain that last all day long. If i don't eat, if I do eat.. It doesn't matter. Is this nornal for gerd?

I have daily chest pain that last all day long. If i don't eat, if I do eat.. It doesn't matter. Is this nornal for gerd?

Possible: Does not sound like cardiac pain. Not unusual for gerd symptoms to act like this. An easy test is to simply take an over the counter medication for gerd like prilosec. If symptoms improve that may be it. I would still recommend you also see a physician to further evaluate your symptoms to make sure a more serious problem is not causing your problems. ...Read more

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I've had GERD for 4 months and taking pills and feel better but still bad I always eat peppermint candies which help a lot! Is this permanent? :(

Depends: Obesity, carbonated drink contributes. Keeping head end of the bed elevated, avoiding recumbent posture for one hr after full stomach, cutting down on hot, spicy, sour food will help. Stress has to be controlled. 3-6m of these usually cures. Hope you have been tested for H Pylori & you are negative. ...Read more

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30 y old.I ate a lot of fried food 2 days ago and I have GERD since yesterday.Do I need to take medicine?or I can eat or drink something to remove it?

Obviously fried : food contributes to the reflux. Can take some otc Prilosec or even pepto to help with symptoms. But dietary changes will help the most ...Read more

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Being treated for Gerd but not effectively. Had egd no issues cleared by cardio. No matter if I eat or don't symptoms get worse thru day. Better inAM?

Being treated for Gerd but not effectively. Had egd no issues cleared by cardio.  No matter if I eat or don't symptoms get worse thru day. Better inAM?

R/O IBS With GERD: GERD with IBS You need a full exam and blood work. Especial screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . TRY NEXIUM (esomeprazole) AM/ZANTAC PM While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also get screened for food allergies ...Read more

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease diagnosed. What can't I eat?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease diagnosed. What can't I eat?

See below: You should avoid late meals, heavy meals, fatty foods, peppermint, chocolate, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, spicy foods, tomato sauce and/or any other foods you find worsen your symptoms. Weight loss if helpful if you are overweight. ...Read more

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What are some good foods to eat for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

What are some good foods to eat for  gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Low fat, smaller: In general, low fat, smaller meals are recommended for gerd. You should also avoid caffeine, tomato sauce, chocolate, spicy foods, alcohol, salads and celery. You shouldn't eat late meals (within 3 hrs before bedtime). ...Read more

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I was wondering how long will it take for acid reflux/gerd to heal and how will i know if im able to eat the foods that i use to eat again or will i?

I was wondering how long will it take for acid reflux/gerd to heal and how will i know if im able to eat the foods that i use to eat again or will i?

GERD: Typically patient will take an antacid like PPI for 1-2 months to see if symptoms subside. Change in diet may help also. Once pt feeling better you can consider stopping medication and starting to eat some of the offending foods, but as baby steps. ...Read more

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I have GERD &take prilosec. I feel the need to eat often in the day to relieve the sickness i feel cause it helps. What can I do, i'm gaining weight?

I have GERD &take prilosec. I feel the need to eat often in the day to relieve the sickness i feel cause it helps. What can I do, i'm gaining weight?

Potential ulcer: If you have already been on Prilosec and still have nausea and need to eat you should consider the possibility of the presence of an ulcer or h. Pylori. Make sure you are not taking any nsaids like Aspirin or Ibuprofen and check with your doctor. ...Read more

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