Everything you ever wanted to know about indigestion
I went to a gastroenterologist, had an endoscopy done and was once again diagnosed with GERD. This time the outcome has not been so good. The GI doctor I saw prescribed two different medications. I was having bad reaction to the medicine and felt the only thing the GI doctor was doing was medicating me. I decided to go to another GI doctor and who prescribed a different medication to help with the discomfort of the burning, which I only experience in my throat.
The tests will include a blood test for anaemia, stool test for HP and referral for endoscopy for a direct view. You’re more likely to have them if you’re over 50, or have developed persistent indigestion recently that is getting worse. A medicine that cuts down on the amount of acid in your stomach might help your pain. This medicine can also help if you have acid reflux disease.
Hagan says if that’s not treated, you may develop strictures, which is a narrowing of the esophagus that can lead to esophageal pain and affect proper swallowing. “If we determine that GERD symptoms are caused by hypersensitivity in the esophagus or excessive relaxation of the lower esophagus, we might prescribe tricyclic antidepressants or selective serotonin uptake inhibitors,” adds Cohen.
A pharmacist can help with heartburn and acid reflux
There are also tubes that can be used to go around, or bypass, the stomach. These are called nasoduodenal tubes. Babies are more likely to have a weak LES. This makes the LES relax when it should stay shut.
Many people experience acid reflux from time to time. GERD is mild acid reflux that occurs at least twice a week, or moderate to severe acid reflux that occurs at least once a week. Check your medications.
The endoscope showed that I have no ulcers in the stomach, but I have esophagitis. In addition to continuing on the PPI he suggested I try to make some lifestyle changes. That part of the plan is the most difficult. Being a mother of five young children and a working mother (I’m an RN) on shift work makes a routine lifestyle impossible. It took me a year and a half to get it organized.
The top part of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus. This creates a tight band. This strengthens the LES and greatly decreases reflux.
He was shocked that I had never even mentioned it! I consider myself an educated person but that was the first time I heard that long term heartburn can be a sign of GERD, and that going too long untreated, GERD can lead to esophageal cancer. I hate the fact that I can’t have coffee, tomatoes, spicy food or a glass of wine every now and then. I am very health conscious and follow mostly a vegetarian diet with the occasional “fish” treat but the fact that I have food restrictions doesn’t sit well with me, especially if we’re talking about foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits which are so delicious and good for you.