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Why does acid back up into the esophagus?

Why does acid back up into the esophagus?

Weak sphincter: The sphincter between the esophagus and stomach can become weak or ineffective, causing acid to back up or reflux into the esophagus from the stomach. ...Read more

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Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more


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How does acid reflux show up in your back, shoulders and breast?

How does acid reflux show up in your back, shoulders and breast?

It doesn't: It may cause burning under the breast bone but not the breasts, back, or shoulders. ...Read more

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When a gouty tophi has opened up and the uric acid bulid up starts leaking out will this lower the uric acid level in the body? And how do you treat?

No: A leaking tophus will not effect serum uric acid levels. There are meds available that are very good at dissolving tophi. A leaking one can also be surgically removed. One develops tophi because the serum uric acid is not controlled. ...Read more

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Does a lot of gastric acid travel into the esophagus during heartburn?

Does a lot of gastric acid travel into the esophagus during heartburn?

Not usually: Hearburn can be due a little acid, and a lot of stomach content, or sometimes due to no acid at all. It is due to sensitivity to backflow of stomach content into an area not designed to deal with it. ...Read more

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Bad gerd, i wake up choking on my stomach acid &, burning my throat, the acid gets in my lungs. What can I do when this happens? I take Pepcid (famotidine) at bed

Bad gerd, i wake up choking on my stomach acid &, burning my throat, the acid gets in my lungs. What can I do when this happens? I take Pepcid (famotidine) at bed

Take precautions: Prevent , regurgitation . Your supper eat light , do not go to bed immediately after eating give 3 to 4 hr gap . When you sleep do not lie flat , use 2 pillows , do not drink or smoke before bed time, take your medications in few is intractable may need anti-reflux procedure . Speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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How does acid reflux get into your lungs, i get asthma type feeling when relux is bad. Does this meaning acids getting in the lung?

How does acid reflux  get into your lungs, i get asthma type feeling when relux is bad. Does this meaning acids getting in the lung?

Breathing Acid: Yes. Of course. If you have acid in your esophagus, there are vapors of acid and probably some fluid droplets that you inhale, especially when laying down. This causes a bronchospasm that you experience as asthma. ...Read more

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How come bile doesn't empty into the stomach?

How come bile doesn't empty into the stomach?

Bile: Bile is produced by the liver, stored in the gallbladder, and released as needed through the bile duct. The bile duct drains into the duodenum, which is the first part of the small intestine, not the stomach. ...Read more

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How does the uric acid get into the joints?

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How does the uric acid get into the joints?

Uric acid to joints: Uric acid crystals can build up in the joints due to too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid crystals trigger a immune-mediated inflammatory reaction, causing pain, swelling and redness of the joints, which is experienced as a gout attack. High levels of uric acid may be due to hereditary reasons for uric acid overproduction, underexcretion, diet and medications. ...Read more

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Does acid reflux make most of the chest, and upper back burn bad?

Acid reflux: it is definitely possible. avoid eating spicy foods, eating late at night and laying down after eating. ...Read more

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I've had a burning feeling in my upper stomach which I believe its acid as it travels up my throat into mouth? Reflux?

It depends: If this is happening all the time then it is high possibility of acid reflux (gastro-esophageal reflux disease. If it is infrequent complaint then it may be related to nature of the food or drink you have. ...Read more

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Will a stomach hernia resolve itself? How does part of your stomach wind up above diaphram, and sit beside esophagus?!?

Will a stomach hernia resolve itself? How does part of your stomach wind up above diaphram, and sit beside esophagus?!?

Hiatal hernia: Not likely to resolve itself. The diaphragm is a large muscle that has a "hole" in it where the esophagus passes through. Stomach and lungs are constantly moving as you breathe and move. Sometimes a bit of the stomach can get pushed or pulled up above the diaphragm. Oftentimes it will slide up and down and can be seen on a chest xray. ...Read more

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Can a dr see larynx/ throat issues with the cam before heading down the esophagus and into the stomach during gastroscope ?

Can a dr see larynx/ throat issues with the cam before heading down the esophagus and into the stomach during gastroscope ?

Yes: During an esophagoscopy the gastroenterologist or surgeon will see the larynx and hypopharynx prior to entering the esophagus. Generally if they notice any lesions or concern they will refer to otolaryngology for evaluation which will usually include an office flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy/pharyngoscopy. ...Read more

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Spincher valve keeps stomach contents down but when leaks one gets acid in acephogus.Then how come when one vomits stuff passes thru this 1 way valve?

Spincher valve keeps stomach contents  down but when leaks one gets acid in acephogus.Then how come when one vomits stuff passes thru this 1 way valve?

Vomiting: The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is not a one-way valve, but more of a ring of muscle that constricts and relaxes at many different time. Just as it relaxes during reflux, it also relaxes during vomiting, and the retching forces gastric contents up into the esophagus and eventually out of the mouth. ...Read more

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Trapped air bubble in esophagus What feels like air rises all the way to back of throat but then goes back down to start of stomach some pain w/ swall?

Trapped air bubble in esophagus What feels like air rises all the way to back of throat but then goes back down to start of stomach some pain w/ swall?

Acid reflux...: It sounds like you may suffering of acid redux ad possible increased gas production. Start reducing fatty and fried foods in your diet as well as sauces, spicy foods, too much bread, mint, caffeine, sugary snacks, citric juices. You may try Zantac (ranitidine) over the counter for example for symptom relief. If not better make sure you see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does acid reflux radiate from middle of your chest to the left and sometimes right when it goes to the left I think it's a heart attack.

Why does acid reflux radiate from middle of your chest to the left and sometimes right when it goes to the left I think it's a heart attack.

Unfair isn't it?: Existentially it seems like a sick practical joke leaving patient & physicians befuddled & feeling very inadequate at times. And it is the reason we don't mess around with chest pain. Heart attacks can trigger reflux and reflux can induce coronary vasospasm. It's all connected in there and it is often a muddy bag of worms trying to figure it all out. ...Read more