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Acid Reflux (GERD)

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Comment from: Nill Roman, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I thought that I was having a heart attack, but when I got to the emergency room, the doctor checked and my test showed that I had a bad case of GERD! But I also suffer from Crohn’s disease. It’s the burning feeling going up to my ears! And it’s so hard to breathe and I’m not sleeping. I am not able to keep anything down so I’m feeling so weak!

Comment from: soft, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 03

Thanks for this great work. I can't imagine I got this information free of charge. My GERD condition started 3 months ago when one night I had severe heartburn. I was really scared because I thought it was a heart attack. After a couple of hours I was fine but it keeps coming back. I have observed that it normally happens when I eat oranges, drink alcohol, coke or caffeine drinks. Of course I didn't know until today that these are all foods to avoid. My doctor was so poor he couldn't advise me against these foods although I give him some credit for correct diagnosis. Another observation is that I have been having bitter taste in my mouth every morning, even after brushing my teeth in the evening. In fact, if I speak first thing in the morning without brushing my teeth, I get serious stomach upset. Thank you.

Comment from: Marc, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I am a 63 year old male, no alcohol or tobacco since 1991. I exercise very regularly, eat healthy and maintain a good weight; 5 ft. 10 inch, 175 lb. GERD originally began for me with severe burning in my throat; believe me when I say severe. This was 7 years ago. It took some time to accurately diagnose this as laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR) versus GERD. I was also told I had Barrett's syndrome (following upper gastrointestinal test) and prescribed lansoprazole 30 mg BID. After a few years and a new gastroenterologist, I was told that I didn't have Barrett's and we reduced the medicines to 30 mg QD. I have had concerns about the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) as did my primary care physician so I decided to reduce by tapering down to 15 mg, then stop altogether. I haven't had any in approximately 1 month. I was worried about a rebound effect but that never occurred. Then a month ago I got a severe cold that went into my chest. I took OTC like Mucinex and tried to cough out the mucus. Well now the GERD has returned in the form of hoarseness, dry cough, and maybe some burning in my mouth. Throughout all these years, I have never had heartburn. I have also had a chronic occasional shortness of breath (worse when first lying down at night, then eventually able to catch my breath), and have had tests ad nauseum, with no results. Reading this today convinces me that I've had an asthma related to GERD. Remarkable to me that no one ever figured that out. The PPIs seemed to be very effective but there seems to be considerable concerns about side effects. Regardless, I'm guessing I'll have to go back on them. I'm quite disheartened, feel like this nightmare from 7 years ago is beginning all over again. I'm inclined to believe that I've had the advanced symptoms of GERD for a long time and fear that I've also got some of the complications.

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GERD is the back up of stomach acid into the esophagus. See Answer
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