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...
As I sit here writing, I'm in a lot of pain. The left side of my low back is throbbing. Often I can ease this pain by popping the back, but this time that hasn't worked, and neither has Advil. The next step will be to put a prescription pain patch on it.
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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.
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