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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...
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 ...
Esophageal spasms can cause a lot of pain, problems swallowing as well as vomiting. Unfortunately they are also more common in people with GERD or acid reflux disease. Normally the esophagus moves food through to the stomach in a coordinated way. This process is called peristalsis. Esophageal spasms can interrupt this process and cause a host of problems. Some of the symptoms of esophageal spasms include: vomiting, squeezing chest pain, problems swallowing, feeling like food is stuck in your throat. These symptoms must be evaluated by a physician to determine the cause and rule out heart related chest pain.
One of the best tests for diagnosing esophageal spasms is called esophageal manometry. During an esophageal manometry test a tube is placed into the esophagus to asses the effectiveness of your esophageal muscles. Other testing might include: tests to rule out heart disease, x-rays or a barium swallow and a scope or Esophagogast...
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