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Trouble swallowing solid food. Prescribed Rabeprazol for GERD. How long to cure completely?

Hello Sir/Madam, I am Gopu and having a problem in swallowing solid food for the past 2 days (Neither I am able to swallow nor spit and it gets struck until i drink water to get the solid food go into stomach). I am able to take liquid food (water, juice, tea etc). I have consulted the doctor( Gastroenterologist ) and undergone endoscopy and found that I have gastroesophageal reflux disease ( GERD ) . Doctor has given the medicine APO-Rabeprazol 40 mg tablet and Itoprid PMCS 50 mg for 10 days. Can you please let me know how severe it is and how long it will take to cure completely? What type of food i can have now to rectify this problem? Will it create any major problem in future? Do I need to undergo for any surgery? Thank you in advance for your answers! Best Regards, Gopu
Asked On : Sun, 17 Feb 2013
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Thank you for the query.

GERD is very common disease caused by increased stomach acid secretion. It is not serious when treated property. In most cases it cannot be cured completely as it is severe disease. But the symptoms can be well controlled by medicines (like Rabeprazol you have been prescribed) and diet (no fatty foods, no coffee, no spicy foods, avoid soft drinks and fruit juices, last meal should be 2 hours before sleeping, drink more mineral water). If not controlled can cause stomach and esophagus inflammation or even Barrets esophagus (what leads to esophageal cancer). No surgery is necessary if the symptoms can be controlled with diet and medicine. In some cases vagal nerve incision can be performed.
As GERD is very often associated with asthma, you should also visit pulmunologist and have blow tests performed.
Hope this will help.
Answered: Sun, 17 Feb 2013
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