Gastroesophageal reflux disease

What is Gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, acid reflux disease, or reflux (in babies and young children) is a chronic symptom of mucosal damage caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus.

GERD is usually caused by changes in the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus, including abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, which normally holds the top of the stomach closed, impaired expulsion of gastric reflux from the esophagus, or a hiatal hernia. These changes may be permanent or temporary.

Treatment is typically via lifestyle changes and medications such as proton pump inhibitors, H2 receptor blockers or antacids with or without alginic acid. Surgery may be an option in those who do not improve. In the Western world between 10 and 20% of the population is affected.

Questions and answers on "Gastroesophageal reflux disease"

How to get rid of excess saliva in my mouth

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
First to rue out the cause before treatment

Detailed Answer:
Hi Sir,
I have gone through your query; and personally suggest you that before any treatment first rule out the cause of your symptom.

For your kind information, causes of excessive saliva production are gastroesophageal reflux disease...

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Does ginger ail hurt gerd re flux ?

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Brief Answer:
Yes it does hurt Acid Reflux or GERD.

Detailed Answer:
Welcome to HCM: Please note that most of not all carbonated drinks will worsen you acid reflux symptoms. Also note that spicy foods do the same, also avoid drinking or having large meals right before bed as this further...

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I have severe acid reflux and i want to curr it naturally. So i am currently taking 1050mg of ginger root daily. I also want to take apple cider vinegar to see if it helps. But i kniw that it wikl only help if my acid reflux is caused by low acid levels. Is there any way for me to know if my acid reflux is caused by low acid levels in my stomach?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Esophageal Ph test.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for choosing HeatlcareMagic for your query.

The esophageal pH test is an outpatient procedure performed to measure the pH or amount of acid that flows into the esophagus from the stomach during a 24-hour period.So as per your query its...

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Can acid reflux start suddenly. Last night and all day today I've had bouts of where I start to salivate and feel like throwing up. Then I also have a pain, uncomfortable, right at the center of my chest at the bottom of my breasts. I haven't actually had any heaves and thrown up. No temperature.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Probably acid reflux!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I have reviewed this information fully. With this pain responding somewhat to antacids, it is most likely acid reflux and not a heart attack. Also, the nature and location and not in line with a heart attack. Continue with the antacids and...

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FOr the past three days I have had a gasoline or metallic taste in my mouth and my thumbnails are somewhat discolored. No other symptoms but I am wondering what could be the reason for this,

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Symptoms point towards acid reflux Further evaluation recommended.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX
Thanks for posting query at HCM.

You maybe familiar with the common mechanism of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) ; however i will briefly explain:

Food enters in to stomach from...

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Hello, I was wondering if a diseased gallbladder could cause acid reflux. I've been battling acid reflux for years and it was recently discovered that I have polyps and "sludge" in my gallbladder.

1) Could this be the cause of acid reflux?
2) Should I expect to have my gallbladder removed because of the polyps? One doctor said it can stay as long as there are no symptoms, another one recommended it come out. What is your opinion?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Better to get it removed to prevent complications in future.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for choosing HealthcareMagic.
As per your query answers are

1) No gall bladder polyp and sludge is usually asymptomatic and is usually not associated with any symptoms, so it's not associated...

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I have a severe burning sensation in throat, eyes tear and burn. Have had bouts of Gerd but could normally get under control. This latest episode started 0ct. 31. 2016. I have had this 24/7 since then. I feel it was brought about by iron infusions I had done. 1 in july 1 in sept 1 oct 25 and 1 oct31. Nov 1 the burping from my stomach started and the gas bubble comes up burns my throat. eyes and nose. It is horrible and has disabiled me. tried 5 different proton pump inhibitors, no success had endoscopy and nothing showed up. If it is the iron how do i get it out of my system?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
No it has nothing to do with Parentral iron therapy.

Detailed Answer:
Hi Dear,
Thanks for choosing HealthcareMagic for your query,

Firstly i would say that parentral therapy with iron is not going to increase symptoms of GERD.So leave it,it has nothing to do with it.
Oral iron...

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What can I do to relieve mouth ulcers?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Hi, mouth ulcers are very often caused by acid reflux.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, mouth ulcers are very often caused by acid reflux. I will advise the following---
Take a good B complex preparation with zinc, an omeprazole preparation 20 mgs a day. Apply Boro glycerol and a lidocaine...

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I have been taking armor thyroid medication for several years now. I have acid reflux really bad. I do take medication for acid reflux. I read that armor could case the reflux. what do you say?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Not known to cause acid reflux.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome to HCM,

I have read your query,

Armor thyroid tablets is not known to cause acid reflux.

To prevent acid reflux and it's symptoms,I would suggest you to add prokinetic drugs (like levosulpride 75 mg) rather than taking...

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I am getting 30 to 40 burps daily with a loud voice from last one & half years. Also I don't feel hungry most of the time. What is the cause of such burps & whom should I consult? Are there any tests to be done to know the exact cause of the same.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Gastroesophageal reflux disease , ? Aerophagia

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.
I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.

You have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease ( stomach contents refluxing in to food pipe) and probable aerophagia ( excess...

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Recent questions on  Gastroesophageal reflux disease

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Yes, I have a 13 yr old that has been vomiting and has had constipated/diarrhea for a month now. She has been seen by her physician and was prescribed Prilosec and miralax. She appears to be full of stool ( according to her x-ray). She is still having dull stabbing pain in her stomach and is still vomiting daily. She expresses vomiting is not always with nausea. I hope she will not need an endoscopy. I am wondering if it s GERD or IBS. Thanks for your response.

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Hi. I am a 35 years old female. I don't exercise at all, i smoke but very actively working as a sales rep that sees clients at different places. I recently lost 40 pounds dieting alone within a year. Late this year, i experienced acid reflux too. After that, i began having palpitations, breathlessness (occassional and short) and nausea. The nausea one time took me a week getting over. I had ekg done, 78bpm is the result. I had blood tests and urinalysis done, cleared. I am a panicky person and a worrier too. What is wrong with me?

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I am a 34 year old male and I play a lot of sports and stay in real good shape, I was dignosed with acid reflux disease a few months ago. I have noticed for the last few weeks that while trying to sleep my heart will beat hard and faster like when you have a bad dream, it happens a couple times a week and only lasts a few minutes. While I am awake it never seems to bother me. I have been checking my blood pressure and it has been running lower than normal 125/60s or lower 70s. It normally runs a little high

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I am a 26 year old female and I have been diagnosed with acid reflux since I was a teenager. Over the last week and a half I have been having symptoms I am not really used to. I didnt know if it was because my acid reflux is getting worse or if it was something else going on possibly. It started with the normal nauseous feeling under my breastbone. Normally I can feel better when I eat and of course take medications. After a couple of days it turned into feeling a lot of pressure in my chest like a heavy feeling. I also started feeling bloated under my breastbone to the point where it was hard to breathe. Now since last night I have had a bad pain in my left arm, shoulder, and neck. Acid reflux has never been this bad for me before, but I was wondering if all of this can be symptoms of acid reflux. I have no insurance. Im only 26 and pretty healthy so I didnt think it was anything to do with my heart. Could I be wrong?

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I had and was treated for strep. It has been a month, and I still have a lingering cough . Why is the cough hanging on? Have you had similar inquiries from other people?

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Pain on left upper side of chest, out of breath, sweating in cold room, extremely fatigued and acid reflux .

doctor1 MD

HI, I seem to have a chest cold - in the morning a lot of mucus some yellow and Greene. then during the day a lot of dry cough . Now at night feel tight chest but can't cough anything out, but feel like something is there. so now the cough is dry....

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