Is anyone familiar with esophagitis and GERD gastroeosophageal reflux disease?

Yes. Esophagitis is damage to the lining of the esophagus caused by stomach acid coming up past a failing valve at the top of the stomach, called gerd. Acid medicines can reduce the pain and much of the damage to the esophagus, but they do not stop the stomach fluid from coming up. Gerd is often associated with hiatal hernias and this can be repaired with anti-reflux surgery.

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Crohns disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, barrett's esophagus, esophagitis. 2010 had a fundoplication. Why isn't it working anymore?

Many possibilities. See your surgeon and your gastroenterologist. The surgery may have failed, or your symptoms are not related to reflux. If you had barrett's esophagus, all the more reason to be seen by your physicians. Read more...

Can anxiety lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Not really, but... Excessive anxiety complicates and amplifies most problems, both physical and emotional. So ger may seem worse, you might "notice" it more, react more to the symptoms. Further, it's possible that ongoing stress may exacerbate conditions which lead to ger, such as acid content in the stomach, gastritis, drinking alcohol, smoking, late-night eating, caffeine intake, over-eating, etc. Read more...

Gastroesophageal reflux disease worse with spicy foods?

It may. Spicy foods may make reflux symptoms worse but not always. If you have gerd and do fine with spicy foods then there is no reason to avoid them. Read more...

Will there ever be a cure for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Hard to say. This is where medicine is more art than science. If by cure you mean no more heart burn, we are almost there. Reflux, however, is a physiologic event that will happen under many common settings (large meal, carbonation, muscle relaxant, poor gastric emptying / full stomach...). The best reflux rx is actually a combination of wise dietary selection, good lifestyle and medical attn as needed. Read more...
There already is!!! Minimally invasive anti-reflux surgery repairs the failed natural anti-reflux valve at the top of the stomach and cures reflux disease with 95% effectiveness. The most common procedure is called lap nissen fundoplication which involves wrapping the top part of the stomach around itself to create a robust valve that prevents reflux. Experienced surgeons have shown over 10 year durability. Read more...

How to cure gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) naturally? Ginger?

1. Bland diet, low in acidic foods like citrus, tomatoes etc, high fat diet like cheese, fried food, red meat etc, no or low caffeine, no alcohol or smoking and avoiding lifting and stooping etc. Read more...

Can I die from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Unlikely. While there are potentially life threatening complications from gerd, these are very rare, and include aspirating stomach fluid in the lungs and the development on cancer. These complications would only occur if there is some sort of underlying neurological or respiratory disease, an longstanding gerd (>10 years). To put it in perspective, you stand a greater chance of dying in a car accident. Read more...
Unlikely. Long term effects of untreated or inadequately treated gerd can include narrowing, scarring, and increased risk for esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is a bad disease, kills people. Most people with gerd don't get that. Read more...
Yes. Chronic reflux is the main cause of esophageal adenocarcinoma. It is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. Hiatal hernias tend to make reflux worse. The important thing is to have an endoscopy to get checked. Read more...