This allows the acidic stomach juices, food, and fluids to flow back into your child’s esophagus. If changes at home do not help enough, the doctor may recommend medicines to treat GERD.
Abdominal pain is a common symptom that requires a physician exam for diagnosis. If you have abdominal pain, do not ignore the symptom. Call your doctor to make an appointment. Although a list of symptoms in a book or website may be helpful in suggesting certain conditions, a list is not sufficient to determine the cause. Visit your doctor for counseling, testing and diagnosis.
I wish I could get some independent advice on this. When I was 28, I was diagnosed with GERD.
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.
The most severe ulcers may cause bleeding, perforation or obstruction from scar tissue accumulation. Doctors can diagnose ulcers by testing for the H. pylori bacteria and also by upper endoscopy.
Approximately 80% of patients will have good or excellent relief of their symptoms for at least 5 to 10 years. Nevertheless, many patients who have had surgery will continue to take drugs for reflux. It is not clear whether they take the drugs because they continue to have reflux and symptoms of reflux or if they take them for symptoms that are being caused by problems other than GERD. The most common complication of fundoplication is swallowed food that sticks at the artificial sphincter.
Many nerves are in the lower esophagus. Some of these nerves are stimulated by the refluxed acid, and this stimulation results in pain (usually heartburn). Other nerves that are stimulated do not produce pain. Instead, they stimulate yet other nerves that provoke coughing.
These structures go on to signal various downstream effects of nausea and vomiting. The body’s motor muscle responses involve halting the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, and in fact causing reversed propulsion of gastric contents towards the mouth while increasing abdominal muscle contraction. Autonomic effects involve increased salivation and the sensation of feeling faint that often occurs with nausea and vomiting.
Morning coffee is a daily habit for many, but people with acid reflux should avoid it when possible. Coffee can stimulate excess gastric acid secretions that may rise up to your esophagus, particularly when you drink a lot of it.
When food or saliva is swallowed, the LES relaxes for a few seconds to allow the food or saliva to pass from the esophagus into the stomach, and then it closes again. GERD is the back up of stomach acid into the esophagus. Occasionally experiencing heartburn is common and shouldn’t cause a person to feel alarmed. An antacid can help ease heartburn pain.