I went back to my doctor to get the PPIs but I still haven’t taken them. I am scared to take them in case I do have low stomach acid and it makes the situation worse, and scared not to take them in case I develop the cancer. I still have the ‘lump’ feeling in my throat and am still constantly clearing my throat.
Abdominal pain is one of the most frequent forms of pain among adults and children. Pain in the stomach area can be as simple as a belly ache or it can be life-threatening. How can you know for certain if your abdominal pain a symptom of a serious condition?
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). Nevertheless, he has instructed me to double up on the PPI at least until he schedules a repeat endoscopy in 6 months (and I strongly suspect he will then recommend my staying on that regimen for life.) He claims that many my age (77) are on this dosage of a proton pump inhibitor for the long term without ill effect, and he says my complete lack of symptoms is due to the fact that my reflux does not reach high enough for me to be aware of it. Still, I am very apprehensive about this high dosage every day, although after a week on this increased dosage I have experienced only slight, intermittent stomach pain but more frequent nighttime bloating and gas.
The lifestyle changes you can make to minimize GERD include avoiding fats, onions, chocolate and alcohol. Losing weight may also help alleviate GERD symptoms.
But STILL I have problems. Been treated for GERD for 3 months after complaining of chest pain and burning sensation on my chest and back. Recently (December) I have had chest burning again and this time it’s serious as its now 24-hr. Went to a doctor, thinks I have anxiety but told me to do barium meal test. I did but told me my esophagus is not too narrow.
What are the risk factors for GERD?
If your symptoms are severe and require surgery, you will be referred to a general surgeon. Certain diagnostic tests for GERD are done by a radiologist. Normally, the diaphragm acts as an additional barrier, helping the lower esophageal sphincter keep acid from backing up into the esophagus. The esophagus lies just behind the heart, so the term “heartburn” was coined to describe the sensation of acid burning the esophagus near where the heart is located. The lining of the esophagus does not share these resistant features and stomach acid can damage it.
And often they’re worse than they were before the patient started the drug. As I wrote above, Americans spend more than $13 billion on acid stopping drugs each year.
Esophagus PictureThe esophagus is a muscular tube connecting the throat (pharynx) with the stomach. See a picture of the Esophagus and learn more about the health topic. Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)An electrocardiogram is known by the acronyms “ECG” or “EKG” more commonly used for this non-invasive procedure to record the electrical activity of the heart.
Don’t hesitate to seek medical treatment if lifestyle changes don’t fix your stomach acid issues. 2 – The other thing i have is the reflux issue, except never any burning or pain in my throat. After a meal if i bend down or burp, etc. i will feel food coming back up my throat and sometimes wind up with throw up in my mouth. Or it just feels like it is sitting in my esophagus.
4. Stay up after eating
Yet, when the signs of acid reflux were investigated with a small camera, coffee consumption was linked with greater acid damage in the esophagus ( 32 ). Studies show that coffee temporarily weakens the lower esophageal sphincter, increasing the risk of acid reflux ( 27 ). Drinking alcohol may increase the severity of acid reflux and heartburn.
The medicines work by lowering the amount of acid in your child’s stomach. Your child might not even notice reflux.
I was diagnosed with GERD four years ago and I’m only 21. It is very hard and I feel that people who say “it’s just heartburn” are very ignorant. This is a lifestyle on it’s own. Most of the time I can’t breath properly because the acid reaches up to my nose.
When you experience abdominal pain, you should call your doctor to make an appointment for an evaluation. Robert an alternative model for you to consider which I came across recently and sounds convincing. Mostly people who suffer from low stomach acid do not have blood that is slightly acidic but rather slightly alkaline. Taking vinegar lowers blood pH bringing it back into the normal range.