Heartburn and GERD: Overview

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.

Drinking ginger ale or eating ginger can help settle your stomach. Avoid acidic juices, such as orange juice. They may upset your stomach further.

It’s still there, waiting for me to slip back into bad habits, and it always will be. It’s just like any other chronic disease. I just wish I had learned earlier that heartburn is not something you have to live with, that treatments and lifestyle changes exist that can help.

I have been dealing with GERD since then. It has been the struggle of my life. I am on medications which vary in results and length of the results. Now the problem has become so severe that when I am sleeping, my stomach contents come out my nose and mouth. Even if I have an early dinner it doesn’t matter.

Heartburn can happen at any point during the pregnancy due to fluctuating hormones affecting the muscle that keeps food in the stomach. Heartburn and nausea are both symptoms of indigestion, so they commonly occur at the same time. Some patients with GERD experience no symptoms at all. Because of the wide range of symptoms associated with GERD and the need to distinguish it from heart-related problems, the number of medical visits and tests needed to diagnose or rule out the disease tends to be quite high. GERD is common and may be frequently overlooked in children.

If he misses his Losec even by a couple hours, he is in pain and stomach gurgles excessively. He had a dental cleaning this past week for bad breath and did great with the first 48 hrs post-op and now for the past 48hrs he has a lot of pain and stomach gurgles. Started giving him Pepto Bismol today (in addition to having Cerenia, Losec, and Pepcid today) and still not relieved.

EGD is a procedure in which a tube containing an optical system for visualization is swallowed. As the tube progresses down the gastrointestinal tract, the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum can be examined. There are a variety of procedures, tests, and evaluation of symptoms (for example, heartburn) to diagnose and evaluate patients with GERD. Regurgitation is the appearance of refluxed liquid in the mouth. In most patients with GERD, usually only small quantities of liquid reach the esophagus, and the liquid remains in the lower esophagus.

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 grew up with two parents who had constant heartburn. Dad always had antacids in his pocket and mom kept them on her nightstand.

These meals should be given in small amounts throughout the day. The cost of these items will vary depending on your local grocery store prices. However, it would be wise to plan for a minimum of $20 per meal. If your veterinarian allows you to continue feeding normal kibble, adding water to make a “cereal” would make things easier. In this case there is no additional cost to the normal price of the kibble you already buy.

This is called a nasogastric tube. The tube is then put through the food pipe or esophagus, and into the stomach. Your baby can have a tube feeding in addition to a bottle feeding.

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