Two new studies presented at the 72nd American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting highlighted the sometimes confusing connections between gastroesophageal reflux and seemingly unrelated problems such as severe chest pain and chronic cough. In one experiment, researchers at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston studied patients in emergency rooms who complained of serious chest pain. Researchers found that more women than men in their study were being rushed to the emergency room with chest pain that was not related to the heart. In fact, abnormal reflux of acid that would fit the diagnosis of acid reflux disease was seen in 57 percent of the patients. This study also highlighted the fact that men have more upright reflux, while women experience both reflux during sleep and while they are awake. Chronic cough was also considered at this year's annual gastroenterology meeting. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina recogni...
You wouldn't think there'd be a link between the stomach and asthma, yet even as far back as the 1970s asthma experts noticed a connection between asthma and gastrointestinal reflux (GERD).
What is GERD?
GERD is a condition where acid from the stomach works its way back up the esophagus. If this condition is left untreated long term, it can eventually lead to esophageal ulcers, esophageal cancer and even lung damage that can cause asthma.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ( AAAAI.org ), a sphincter at the bottom of your esophagus remains closed while food is being digested to prevent backwash. "However, sometimes it relaxes on the job, allowing stomach acid to flow back, or reflux, into the esophagus."
Studies, the AAAAI notes, show that as many as 70 percent of asthmatics have GERD, the same percentage of asthmatics estimated to have allergies. This is a significant percentage, especially when...
There are so many bottles of medication sitting on my kitchen side counter that I have no doubt my poor stomach feels as if it is under assault. Many people taking NSAIDs and medications like Methotrexate end up with GERD, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, and/or Gastritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach lining.
Those of us with RA generally take NSAIDs on a regular basis, and Prednisone during flares. These two medications are especially harsh on our stomachs and can lead to the damage of stomach mucosa.
I had the misfortune some years ago to see a rheumatologist who prescribed 2400 mg of Ibuprofen for a year. I didn't know any better, so I did as he said. Consequently, I have chronic gastritis. I take 150 mg of Zantac every morning and watch my diet closely to deal with this issue.
A lot of doctors prescribe OTC or prescription Proton Pump Inhibitors, such as Priolsec or Prevacid. These medications have helped many people control their GERD and chronic ...
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