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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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I have a pain between the throat and the esophagus. It may be reflux but I don't have any acids back up, just on and off pain. I'm 20 week pregnant.

I have a pain between the throat and the esophagus. It may be reflux but I don't have any acids back up, just on and off pain. I'm  20 week pregnant.

Pain: could just be a throat inflammation or infection. Most of these are viral and resolve after several days. If you develop a fever take some tylenol (acetaminophen) and call your OB. Its ok to use throat drops, chloroseptic and tylenol (acetaminophen) for this discomfort ...Read more

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Water comes back up throat and so does everything else I eat and drink I'm 20 do I have Barrett's esophagus ?

Doubtful: Sounds like you have reflux disease, but Barrett's is diagnosed with a biopsy taken at the time of upper endoscopy. You should ask your primary care doctor if a referral to a gastroenterologist is appropriate. In addition to medication and lifestyle changes, there are endoscopic and surgical procedures available for some patients. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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When i drink water or iced tea, i can feel it rise back up into my esophagus shortly after i've swallowed it. Is there a medical reason for that?

When i drink water or iced tea, i can feel it rise back up into my esophagus shortly after i've swallowed it.  Is there a medical reason for that?

Maybe regurgitation: Regurgitating ingested food & liquid may reflect: 1) gerd in which stomach contents breach the lower esophageal sphincter barrier & re-enter the esophagus; 2) esophageal spasm (esp. Of cold liquids) or dysmotility (e.g. Achalasia) or esophageal diverticulum in which ingested material sits in the esophagus then regurgitate; 3) rumination or gas/bloat syndromes; 4) gastroparesis. Consider med eval. ...Read more

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What could cause me to not be able to swallow? Once in a while when I am eating i feel like my esophagus tightens and nothing can get through. I end up throwing up. Sometimes a quick drink will seem to help "open" it back up. But at times this is not e

What could cause me to not be able to swallow? Once in a while when I am eating i feel like my esophagus tightens and nothing can get through.  I end up throwing up.  Sometimes a quick drink will seem to help "open" it back up.  But at times this is not e

There : There are several possibilities for the set of symptoms you are experiencing, gerd (reflux), hiatal hernia, "nut cracker" esophagus, barrett's esophagus. You will require a physical evaluation and possibly some testing to determine the exact cause. Do not rely on other the counter medications to control the issue without a physician's evaluation as it may mask the symptoms while the condition worsens. ...Read more

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Is barretts esophagus something I should worry about? Had an upper endoscopy done last month bioposy came back with unknown type of cells the path. Himself had never seen them before so they telling me i probably have barretts I've been on a acid reflux d

Is barretts esophagus something I should worry about? Had an upper endoscopy done last month bioposy came back with unknown type of cells the path. Himself had never seen them before so they telling me i probably have barretts I've been on a acid reflux d

Agree : Agree with dr. Fowler that it should be monitored. However, there are endoscopic treatments for barrett's particularly with dysplasia such as radiofrequency ablation or barrx. You can also get better control of your reflux with surgery. Consider seeking a third opinion. ...Read more

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How fast can a stricture form? Past 2 weeks things move very slow thru esophagus, i had normal egd 5 months ago. This is very uncomfortable sometimes i feel water come back up in throat and burp too

How fast can a stricture form? Past 2 weeks things move very slow thru esophagus, i had normal egd 5 months ago. This is very uncomfortable sometimes i feel water come back up in throat and burp too

Go back to doctor: Impossible to tell what is transpiring here without an examination. There may have been damage done during the prior endoscopy, you may have had progression of an ongoing process or may have developed a new problem. You should get this worked out asap, and hopefully before you aspirate and develop pneumonia. ...Read more

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When your trying to heal your esophagus you shouldn't eat more acids? What if your taking meds and your still hurting is it becuz of the acidic food.

Correct: Eating or drinking acid things will make the esophageal irritation worse. It may take time for the meds to work. If you are very pregnant, you probably have reflux and should stay upright as much of the time as you can (even to sleep) and take an antacid whenever you hurt as well as at bedtime or if you wake up in the night. ...Read more

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