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...
Acid Reflux from Infancy to Adulthood III: Adults This is part 3 of a 3-part series on Acid Reflux. See Part I: Your Baby and Acid Reflux See Part II: Children and Teens GER vs. GERD Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) is a normal physiological event characterized by the sensation of food coming up the esophagus in the form of a wet burp. Many adults have GER after eating a large meal, drinking a carbonated beverage or eating too fast. GER symptoms may include: o Sour taste in the mouth after a meal o Sensation of food coming up the throat o Burping o Belching o Fullness, bloating On the other hand, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the abnormal backwashing of stomach contents and acid into the esophagus causing complications. GERD may cause esophagitis (irritation to the delicate lining of the esophagus), ulcers and respiratory issues. GERD symptoms may include the symptoms of GER plus: o Heartburn/chest pain
Gastroesophageal reflux is the passage of gastric contents into the esophagus. When this reflux of contents causes symptoms or damage to the lining of the esophagus, this is known as GERD. Various factors work together to cause GERD, including the condition of the muscle sphincter at the lower esophagus, presence of a hiatal hernia, the ability of acidic contents to pass through the esophagus, and decreased flow of saliva. GERD can result in typical symptoms, including heartburn or regurgitation (i.e. the reflux of gastric contents into the mouth). However, GERD can cause less common, unusual symptoms that are not typically associated with reflux.
Typically, the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus causes a burning sensation up the chest known as heartburn. This sensation can occasionally become severe and long lasting, mimicking the chest pain associated with a heart attack. It is important that if you experience severe chest ...
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