Heartburn and GERD: Overview

I had excruciating stomach pains and went to see a doctor. I am now 43 and had not had any symptoms or issues with heartburn or any other symptom associated with GERD again until 9 months ago. I had trouble with food and it felt like the food was getting stuck in my throat.

GERD (acid reflux) medications

When your child swallows, this muscle relaxes to let food pass from the esophagus to the stomach. This muscle normally stays closed, so the stomach contents don’t flow back into the esophagus. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is a more serious and long-lasting type of reflux. If your child has reflux more than twice a week for a few weeks, it could be GERD.

This is when the lower esophageal sphincter becomes stronger. For other babies, feeding and lifestyle changes and medicine can help. Work with your child’s healthcare team to create a care plan for your child. Babies with reflux who vomit often may not gain weight and grow normally. This can cause inflammation (esophagitis) or sores (ulcers) in the esophagus.

In many cases of bile reflux, the valve doesn’t close properly, and bile washes back into the stomach. This can lead to inflammation of the stomach lining (bile reflux gastritis). I have been dealing with GERD now for 8 months.

This test looks at the organs of the top part of your child’s digestive system. It checks the food pipe (esophagus), the stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum).

Most patients with GERD also experience nighttime heartburn, which is more bothersome. And according to the 2001 NSF Sleep in America poll, adults in America who experience nighttime heartburn are more likely to report having symptoms of sleep problems/disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness and restless legs syndrome than those who don’t have nighttime heartburn. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or heartburn is a common trigger for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

The stapling caused more problems than imagined and none of them were even discussed as being a possibility. I lost almost 200 lbs but regained 80 which is typical with a stapling. I fear now that I have acquired asthma as a result of this horrific disease.

Although this may be the case, a second explanation is supported by the work of one group of scientists. These scientists find that heartburn provoked by acid in the esophagus is associated with contraction of the muscle in the lower esophagus. Perhaps it is the contraction of the muscle that somehow leads to the pain. It also is possible, however, that the contraction is an epiphenomenon, that is, refluxed acid stimulates pain nerves and causes the muscle to contract, but it is not the contraction that causes the pain.

The constant chest pain, the constant meal planning, always worrying about what drugs you are taking and are they safe long term, the side effects and other digestive upsets caused by these drugs, being up all night and the fatigue from sleeplessness and pain. I have anxiety about going to bed because I have woken up many nights with rapid heart rates, bloating, gas, pain.

Indigestion (Upset Stomach)

In such situations, surgery can effectively stop reflux. PPIs are used when H2 antagonists do not relieve symptoms adequately or when complications of GERD such as erosions or ulcers, strictures, or Barrett’s esophagus exist. Five different PPIs are approved for the treatment of GERD, including omeprazole (Prilosec, Dexilant), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), pantoprazole (Protonix), and esomeprazole (Nexium), and dexlansoprazole (Dexilant). A sixth PPI product consists of a combination of omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid).

Frequent Symptoms

In addition, the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes is tightened around the esophagus. Finally, the upper part of the stomach next to the opening of the esophagus into the stomach is wrapped around the lower esophagus to make an artificial lower esophageal sphincter. All of this surgery can be done through an incision in the abdomen (laparotomy) or using a technique called laparoscopy.

I began seeing a doctor who is a regular primary care doctor, not a specialist! He sat and talked with me for about 1/2 hour. He told me that it sounds like I have GERD, and he gave me samples of a different PPI since I have no insurance.

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