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Are there ways to improve GERD symptoms enough that drug treatment is no longer needed?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Calm your volcano

Time for change: *stop smoking.
*avoid triggers: caffeine, chocolate [sorry!], alcohol, citrus, sour/acid foods, fatty/spicy foods, carbonated drinks, garlic, spearmint. *eat small meals. Sit down and eat slowly. *reduce stress. *after you eat, wait 2-3 hours before laying down. Get checked for h. Pylori germs, which can kick up the acid in your stomach.

In brief: Calm your volcano

Time for change: *stop smoking.
*avoid triggers: caffeine, chocolate [sorry!], alcohol, citrus, sour/acid foods, fatty/spicy foods, carbonated drinks, garlic, spearmint. *eat small meals. Sit down and eat slowly. *reduce stress. *after you eat, wait 2-3 hours before laying down. Get checked for h. Pylori germs, which can kick up the acid in your stomach.
Dr. Francine Yep
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Dr. John Weeks
in some cases surgery can relieve symptoms long term when nothing else works
Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Lose Weight

If you have enough risk factors (age, sex, family history) along with chronic gerd you may need an egd to rule of barrett's esophagus.
Those with be tend to stay on maintenance acid suppressive medications. Otherwise we commonly recommend life style changes - i.e. Weight loss - and intermittent rx use. H.Pylori actually decreases stomach acid & worsening gerd symptoms after treatment is common.

In brief: Lose Weight

If you have enough risk factors (age, sex, family history) along with chronic gerd you may need an egd to rule of barrett's esophagus.
Those with be tend to stay on maintenance acid suppressive medications. Otherwise we commonly recommend life style changes - i.e. Weight loss - and intermittent rx use. H.Pylori actually decreases stomach acid & worsening gerd symptoms after treatment is common.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Dr. Jason Hemming
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