Symptoms & Causes of GER & GERD

You’ll usually be given enough medication to last a month. Go back to your GP if they don’t help or your symptoms return after treatment finishes.

It is injected during endoscopy. The implant is approved for people who have GERD and who require and respond to proton pump inhibitors.

It was a very horrible time in my life. My family doctor decided that perhaps because of my taking so much NSAID’s I gave myself a stomach ulcer. He gave me a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It was like magic. I was able to sleep through the night.

I am 27 years old and have been suffering with GERD for the last 10 years. It all started when I was 17 and started having occasional heartburn when I would lie down and go to sleep. By the time I was 18 and starting my first year of college, the heartburn was so bad that I could no longer sleep laying down and had to prop a pillow up against the wall near my bed and attempt to get a couple hours of sleep every night. Eventually the heartburn became so bad that I was experiencing it all day long and not just at night time. When I was 19 I went to see a gastroenterologist who did an upper endoscopy and diagnosed me with GERD and told me that I had esophageal ulcers.

That it did but in the end, how much am I losing? I started having reflux immediately after surgery. The doctor didn’t want to admit there was a problem so he ignored it until I became a pain in the neck.

Reflux may cause symptoms. Harsh stomach acids can also damage the lining of the esophagus.

A visit to the doctors only resulted in “a virus” so I was told to stay home until I felt better. Too bad I didn’t feel better! As my absences started piling up, I tried to go back to school.

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After 5 years on this program I recently had a follow-up endoscopy which revealed that I still had some esophageal erosions, although somewhat less than at the time of the first exam. The surgeon described it as a grade one (the lowest of 4 grades, I believe).

For those who would like to consider medication in response to symptoms, your pharmacist or GP can advise on a good antacid to neutralise the acid – for example, Gaviscon, which protects the stomach lining. There are also more powerful, prescription medications such as Ranitidine or Omeprazole which switch off the acid production in the stomach. Regarding diet, I totally agree that looking at this is core to managing the problem. It is important to not smoke or drink alcohol, and also to look at whether there are any specific foods or drinks that trigger symptoms or, conversely, that ease it (for example, a good drink of water can help dilute the stomach acid).

Related Health Information

Acid reflux (GERD) and heartburn may cause chest pain, when after eating or when lying down. See your doctor if you have any chest pain that is not diagnosed because chest pain may be a sign of a heart attack or another serious heart condition.

Bloating is a sign and symptom of gas in the stomach or GI tract. Certain foods or health problems like constipation may cause it. Bacteria and certain foods like lactose can cause it.

Acid reflux creates a burning pain in the lower chest area, often after eating. GERD is a chronic type of acid reflux that can cause complications if left untreated. Find out the differences and links between heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD. Many medications that are used to treat acid reflux are safe to take during pregnancy.

I am 16, and I was told to make lifestyle changes such as cutting out dairy, greasy foods, spicy foods, chocolate, soda, and any citrus foods. Do you know how hard this is? I don’t think people are aware how crazy this is, unless you have to deal with it. I will forever have to deal with this, and I don’t even know how I will. I can’t imagine my life without chocolate.

You may feel like you have food stuck in your throat or like you are choking or your throat is tight. GERD can also cause a dry cough and bad breath. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus. The LES is a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a valve between the esophagus and stomach. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

Do you know what it feels like to have a 50lb weight on your chest? What it feels like when your stomach has spasms for over 30 minutes? Heart palpitations that feel like they will never stop?

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