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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When i wake up from a nap in the middle of the day, whether the tv is on next to me or theres noise in the other room i always wake up with an aching stomach like my acid reflux is reacting as well as a massive headache. It never happens in the evening, though, no matter the noise around me. Do you know what s up?

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Hi.. I am suffering from Lax Les, O.G Junction - 38 cms. I don t have GERD. My height - 178 cms and weight - 75 kgs. I have burning sensation in my chest. No difficulty in swallowing. Has underwent endoscopy too . I don t have chest pain too .. I realise burning sensation for past 2 weeks. Is this serious?. Can Lax Les be cured permanently?. And weather LES can be strenghted without a surgery?. I am on my proper diet too .. Can LES get back to normal ? Thanks in advance ..

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Hello, for the last week, I have experienced sharp drops in my blood sugar, I have pretty severe hypoglycemia, but somewhat controlled with diet, however lately it seems like I am dropping much more often than before. I am experiencing constipation, but suffer more from diarrhea most of the time. My magnesium, potassium and calcium are all low, as well as some of the B vitamins and vitamin D that I know of. I have muscle weakness, fatigue, a hiatal hernia and acid reflux. But, it seems that there should be some underlying cause that I am missing to cause a vast array of symptoms and sensations. Can constipation cause weird sensations throughout the body like a heavy and full feeling in the head, pressure on the sides of my head, burning legs from the knees down, burning and tingling down the right side of my face that comes and goes and almost like electrical zips or zaps in the mid-center of my body along with a feeling of being hollow or empty even after eating? It is getting to the point that it is debilitating, and yet my doctor wants to blow it off as in my head. I live in a very rural area and he is the only one for almost fifty miles that takes my insurance.

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I am 33 years old Male. I am having pain in my lower abdomen and back side (right side mostly). It is sever in the early morning I get up with this severe pain. It gradually reduces by afternoon; does not completely go away. During sitting when i bend back I sense the pain. When I bend down while standing I sense the pain. I sense like the pain originates from the intestine or colon, and radiates around that place also to the left side. I have acid-reflux history (since 10 years) and a GERD patient. I do get earlier abdomen pain (since many years) and it vanishes after some medication. But, this time it is sever and lasting for months. I found slight redness (blood like) in my stool since few days. I am really worried and the pain is so unbearable at times I get frustrated. Please someone suggest me what it could be and give proper guidance for diagnosis and treatment.

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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 .

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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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