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...
Many cases of asthma do not present with the typical recognizable symptoms. So you may not initially think asthma. You might think you have allergies or some other exposure to a substance or product in the environment, at home or in the work place, that’s instigating symptoms. You may also not think it’s asthma because the symptoms present at peculiar times and you don’t respond to traditional asthma therapy when it’s dispensed. You or your doctor, in that case, may even decide to increase dosages or add medications, and yet, you still don’t respond. What gives?
The more you look at external causes, the farther you may get from diagnosing the real inner cause: gastric reflux. It’s probably hard to imagine that acid produced by the stomach can cause shortness of breath. The fact is that gastric reflux is one of the most common causes of chronic cough.
How Acid Reflux works
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The hallmark GERD symptom is heartburn. This symptom of acid reflux involves a burning sensation in the mid-sternum area, thus the name heartburn. Another acid reflux disease symptom is regurgitation. Regurgitation is the spontaneous, effortless reflux of digestive enzymes and gastric contents into the esophagus or mouth. Patients with regurgitation will report an "acidic taste" in their mouth. Symptoms of acid reflux will often occur after a meal, especially after exercise or lying down. A small group of patients have "upright GERD." In upright GERD, GERD symptoms happen while the patient is upright and is associated with excessive burping and belching. Difficulty swallowing or "dysphagia" is an acid reflux disease symptom that occurs in up to 30% of GERD patients and may be due to esophageal inflammation, stricture, malignancy, or mechanical dysfunction of the esophagus. Less common GERD symptoms include water brash (a sudden copious secret...
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