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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...
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) is a common condition from infancy to adulthood. However, there are significant differences in the symptoms and treatments depending on the age of the patient. This week, I am beginning a three part series on Gastroesophageal Reflux from infancy to adulthood. Note: The information in this blog is for informational purposes only. Report all symptoms to the doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. Part One of a Three Part Series: Infants and Toddlers GER vs.GERD First, it is important define two separate but related conditions: Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (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. Infants have GER after eating a large meal, ingesting air or eating too fast. On the other hand, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the abnormal backwashing of stomach co...
As most of you know I myself have dealt with acid reflux disease in my life. Unfortunately poorly treated at times. This lack of proper treatment has caused several issues at times but one I was not expecting involved my jaw and teeth. You see, the pain from acid reflux has often woken me up at night. It has also caused me to clench and grind my teeth. Over time this clenching and grinding became very common place and began to damage both my teeth and tempromandibular joints (TMJ). If you also clench and grind your teeth you may notice that you wake up with horrendous headaches and feel like you did not get any rest as all. You may notice that the edge of your tongue is scalloped shaped from pushing it against your teeth all night. Often your dentist will notice additional wear on your teeth and you may even clench hard enough to break a tooth like I did. The first line of defense is usual the use of an oral splint. The splint may be hard or soft...
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