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  • Jan Gambino
    Health Guide
    May 20, 2008
    Jan Gambino
    Health Guide
    May 20, 2008

    Adults with long-term acid exposure from GERD may develop a condition called Barrett's Esophagus. This is a very serious condition and may be life threatening if it causes esophageal cancer. That's one of the reasons that doctors take acid reflux seriously.

     

    Still, in most cases acid reflux is a chronic health problem that is associated with pain rather than a fatal disorder. I'd still suggest that you talk to a doctor if you have frequent heartburn, and particularly if you're worried about the way it makes you feel.

     

    Medications and lifestyle changes that treat acid reflux can go a long way toward helping you live a comfortable life, even with the problem.

    • purshottam
      May 31, 2010
      purshottam
      May 31, 2010

      can a person die because of acidity alone

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    • widow4859
      October 02, 2011
      widow4859
      October 02, 2011

      I was just diagnosed with moderate to severe acid reflux , can I die from this ? I am not allowed to do treatments or medications or see specialists  , due to a promise I made to my beloved hubby 2 months before he died. that is why I need a better detailed answer. WILL I DIE YES OR NO ??

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  • Vicki M
    Health Guide
    August 04, 2008
    Vicki M
    Health Guide
    August 04, 2008

    Hi Yvette,

     

    It makes sense that any medical condition left untreated has the potential for being life threatening in some manner but we're lucky in this day and age we don't have to let medical conditions go untreated.

     

    You didn't give any information about your specific condition, but there is some information here you might find interesting. I do want to caution you that while online sites are wonderful resources for information pertaining to medical conditions and possible treatments, they should not be taken in place of your doctor's sound medical advice and care. If you think you have a condition that might be considered to be life threatening, then you should seek medical advice as quickly as possible. If you want to share some information about your concerns, I can find information that might be directly related, but here is some general information in the meantime.

     

    I am not sure if you have been diagnosed with Acid Reflux or GERD, but here are some links to general information. You can read about GERD here in the overview and you can check your symptoms here in the symptoms database. Once you have seen your doctor, if he prescribes medication for GERD, you can read about them here in the drugs database. You can also research treatments available and alternatives here in the treatments database.

     

    As Jan mentioned, when you have an acid reflux attack, that acid comes into your esophagus burning the tissue. When this happens enough, it can cause a pre cancerous condition known as Barrett's Esophagus. Barrett's is treatable but it takes an aggressive treatment for a long time under the careful eye of your physician. It is not treated or cured by only taking medications prescribed for GERD. You can read more about Barrett's esophagus here in the conditions database. Dr. Todd Eisner goes into great detail about the condition and some of the treatments recommended in this sharepost where he answered questions by members who have Barrett's. As you can see from his posting, Barrett's requires extensive monitoring via surveillance endoscopies.

     

    Esophagitus is chronic GERD or Acid Reflux. When it happens often enough and causes estensive damage and injury to the esophagus, then it is Erosive Esophagitis. You can read about erosive esophagitis here.

     

    I hope this helps somewhat. Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing!

    Vicki M

     

    • umifaseha
      February 08, 2015
      umifaseha
      February 08, 2015
      hi everyone, I find this as a opportunity for me to ask. I have a refluxe symptom for almost 10 years, but I never see doctors for advice. in my case, even if I don't eat, my stomach gonna refluxe a white bubbles (seem I ate poison) and sometimes a yellow liquid. Do you think I'm in serious condition or not. coz I still survive until today, it's just my face grow pimples like hell, and when I stop consuming glutton and sugar, the acne stop growing. I'm curios, is it has something to do with the GERD disease? READ MORE
    • mannie_muzeek
      December 10, 2015
      mannie_muzeek
      December 10, 2015
      Hello I have been dealing with these simptons off and on for about a year now,but for last few months it become much more painful,I am in pain pretty much the whole day now,,there are short times when it eases some,but it is mostly constant,I am planning to make an appointment as soon as I can as I am in the process of changing my health provider,from what you have stated I feel that maybe my problem has gotten pretty bad,(YES)-(NO),,I am chewing some cinnamon gum because I read that it's meant to help with the pain-(TRUE)-(OR)-(FALSE),,anyways could someone tell me what my situation appears to be ,and how bad,,Thank U Manny, READ MORE
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