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Eosinophilic Esophagitis - similar symptoms of reflux with a different cause and treatment.

When looking into reflux symptoms one of the relatively new things for doctors to consider is eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). While considered rare, it’s becoming more commonly diagnosed. In fact, the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders s...

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Manage the Stress of A Fussy Reflux Baby: Motherhood is Not Easy

Before my kids were born I worked as a pediatric physical therapist. I knew of reflux generally but didn’t know a lot of specifics and didn’t “look” for it despite a strong family history and despite my own lingering issues that hadn’t yet been diagn...

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Recall of Generic Orally Disintegrating Prevacid

On April 15th, the FDA announced a recall of lansoprazole delayed-release orally disintegrating tablets. These are generic Prevacid (Proton Pump Inhibitor). The problem is that the tablets are not fully disintegrating in water and are blocking feedin...

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Proton Pump Inhibitors Inhibit Magnesium Absorption too!

The FDA recently released a report warning consumers that long term (greater than one year) use of Proton Pump Inhibitors leads to risk of low magnesium blood levels. This condition is known as hypomagnesemia. Low levels of magnesium in the blood can ...

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An Introduction to Peptic Ulcers

Ulcers can be caused by medications such as Non-steriodal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids but the most common cause is a bacteria known as H-Pylori. It is important for the doctor to know the cause of the ulcer as the cause dictates t...

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I Want Candy!!

There is often talk about candy and reflux. Should my child with reflux be allowed to excessively eat candy on Halloween? Should I eat the leftover candy? Will something cause my reflux to flare? Is it worth it? For most of us indulging in too much o...

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Dealing With Heartburn and Reflux During Pregnancy

During pregnancy it seems like all the rules change. You begin to think about everything that you put into your body but at the same time your body is changing so dramatically that each day seems to bring a new issue, thought or concern. Most women e...

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The Difference Between Gastritis and GERD

By definition gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining (gastro = stomach, it is = inflammation). For years, I thought gastritis and reflux (GERD) were pretty much the same thing. Recently though, I’ve been reading more about gastritis and how ...

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PPI Dependency

Now that people have been taking Proton Pump Inhbitors (PPIs) for years, the very long-term side effects are becoming known. In my last sharepost, I wrote about the long term effect of PPIs on your bones and promised this time to write about PPI depe...