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Todd Eisner

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Todd wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Digestive Health.

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Q&A: Endoscopy for Ulcer?

I just got back from a Caribbean cruise on which I went to the bathroom and had watery, black stools. I was rushed to St Maarten Hospital and had an endoscopy where I was told that I had an ulcer in my stomach but that I needed to have another endosc...

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Q&A: What Are the Risks of Esophagus Dilatations?

My GERD has caused a narrowing in my esophagus that has caused difficulty swallowing, especially solids. I have undergone a few dilatations of my esophagus which has improved my symptoms. How often can I have the procedure, and does the risk increase ...

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Dr. Eisner Answers Your Questions About Acid Reflux

Can Ultram cause or worsen symptoms of GERD? Ultram is a centrally acting pain relief medication that is commonly taken for chronic pain conditions, specifically back pain and arthritis. Ultram has many adverse effects, including gastrointestinal sid...

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Dr. Eisner Answers Your GERD Questions: Throat and Ear Pain

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 wel...

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Dr. Eisner Answers Your GERD Questions: Swallowing Difficulty

I have been experiencing a lot of difficulty swallowing and underwent an endoscopy that was normal. What can this be? While it was correct to undergo an upper endoscopy to look for structural lesions to explain difficulty swallowing such as cancers a...

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Dr. Eisner Answers your GERD Questions: Surgery for Hiatal Hernia

_My doctor has recommended that I have my hiatal hernia repaired. I am waiting to see a surgeon. Is this a good idea, and what should I ask the surgeon? _ Although rarely necessary, at times, surgical repair of a hiatal hernia is the right choice in ...

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How are Acid Reflux and the Gallbladder Related?

There is no relationship between acid reflux and gallbladder disease, other than the fact that the diseases can give similar symptoms and therefore can be difficult to distinguish from on another. While classic acid reflux disease will cause heartbur...

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Dr. Eisner Anwers your GERD Questions: Is Nexium safe for kids?

My 9 year-old has been diagnosed with GERD. Is it safe for him to be on Nexium? Yes. Earlier this year, the FDA approved Nexium for short-term use in children ages 1-11 years for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Both the liquid and d...

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Dr. Eisner answers your GERD questions: Best time to take Aciphex?

When is the best time to take my Aciphex? Typically, the best time to take Aciphex and other proton pump inhibitors for gastroesophageal reflux disease are best taken in the morning. By doing so, acid suppression for 24 hours is commonly achieved. Wh...

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Dr. Eisner answers your GERD questions: Natural remedies & heartburn

Dr. Todd Eisner answers some questions readers have posted in the last few weeks. Find new information on natural remedies for heartburn, common reactions to GERD drugs and what coughing up blood could really mean. 1. Hi, I’m 25 years old & have ...