Nighttime acid reflux , as well as atypical symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD (cough, hoarseness, asthma-like symptoms) is associated with significant impairment of sleep. A recent study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology showed that sleep impairment was more common among people with GERD than those without it. Researchers found that half of patients with nighttime GERD reported sleeping poorly often or most of the time, compared to one-third of people with daytime GERD. Researchers also found that sleep impairment was more common among GERD patients with atypical manifestations compared to GERD patients with only typical or classic symptoms such as heartburn and acid regurgitation . GERD symptoms experienced during the night commonly cause sleep disturbances, including arousal from sleep, increased wakefulness and overall poor sleep quality. Some individuals who have respiratory problems exacerbated by acid reflux may frequently be witho...
Is it acid reflux or bile reflux? Q: I had been experiencing a lot of heartburn but that seems to have decreased with Nexium . I still however, get a lot of regurgitation of liquid into my throat. Is this acid reflux? A: As your heartburn has improved, while the regurgitation can still be related to acid, you may also be refluxing bile. While this is more common in patients that have had prior surgery of the upper gastrointestinal tract, it can also occur after gallbladder surgery, ulcer disease and previous damage to the pylorus (of the stomach). Bile reflux is frequently associated with acid reflux, and can cause damage to both the stomach ( gastritis ) and the esophagus ( esophagitis ). Causes and Treatment The treatment of bile reflux typically involves medication that either results in an increased flow of bile through the digestive tract ( such as Urso ), or that binds the bile ( Carafate ). You should check with your doctor about the possibility of you having ...
Heartburn, also known as gastric reflux or indigestion, happens after you eat and food is in your stomach. In the stomach, food is broken down by acids. Usually these acids stay in your stomach because a valve blocks the acids from going up the esophagus. Sometimes this valve doesn't work properly because the muscle weakens. When this happens, gastric acids can travel up the esophagus and cause a burning sensation -- this is heartburn. When these acids travel up into the mouth and then down into the lungs, they can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Symptoms of heartburn and GERD include:
irritating burning sensation in the chest or throat
middle back pain
bitter, acidic taste in the mouth
an increase in the burning sensation while lying down
Breast cancer treatments that can cause heartburn and GERD are:
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
Bisphosphonates, medicines that are used to protect bones during breast cancer treat...
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