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Dr. I have throat pain, hoarseness and an earache that won't go away. I do suffer from heartburn. Can the throat and ear pain be a result of GERD?
While it is not uncommon for gastroesophageal reflux disease to cause sore throat and hoarseness as well as ear pain and even ear infections, other more serious conditions need to be excluded. You can try maximizing treatment of acid reflux with twice a day proton pump inhibitors. If your symptoms resolve completely, then it is likely a result of gastroesophageal reflux. If however, they persist, then evaluation with an ear nose and throat physician to rule out throat cancer is recommended.
I have been taking Aciphex for acid reflux and have developed severe headaches. Can I try other proton pump inhibitors?
All of the proton pump inhibitors (Aciphex, Prevacid, Protonix, Nexium, Prilosec, Zegerid and Omeprazole) have about a 5% incidence of causing headaches. If one of the drugs causes headaches, it doesn't mean that th...
I have been
experiencing a lot of acid reflux of late. I think it might have something
to do with the fact that I've been smoking more lately. Is this true?
There are many reasons to not smoke, and one of the reasons is that it can
definitely cause or worsen symptoms of esophageal reflux disease . First
off, tobacco inhibits saliva, which is a significant buffer that the body
has against acid. Secondly, studies have shown that tobacco can stimulate
the production of stomach acid production. Lastly, and most significantly,
tobacco causes a relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter muscle,
thereby allowing acid reflux from the stomach to the esophagus to occur.
I wake up
every morning coughing. I have been to my internal medicine doctor, an ear
nose and throat doctor and pulmonologist and have not gotten better. A
friend told me that they had a cough that was related to reflux. How can I
tell if that is the ca...
Definition Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms. Alternative Names Peptic esophagitis; Reflux esophagitis; GERD; Heartburn - chronic; Dyspepsia - GERD Causes, incidence, and risk factors When you eat, food passes from the throat to the stomach through the esophagus (also called the food pipe or swallowing tube). Once food is in the stomach, a ring of muscle fibers prevents food from moving backward into the esophagus. These muscle fibers are called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. If this sphincter muscle doesn't close well, food, liquid, and stomach acid can leak back into the esophagus. This is called reflux or gastroesophageal reflux. This reflux may cause symptoms, or can even damage the esophagus. The risk factors for reflux include hiatal hernia (a ...
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