Oct 14

Gerd Symptoms

A: Prune Juice is quite acidic it would probally cause more pain before it can help the digestion so I doubt it would help. She could try eating more fiber friendly foods, frosted mini wheats, salads, or maybe eating prunes.

My husband has severe GERD and the more liquidy type things he ingests the worse the symptoms are. He has to avoid seedy foods because he has a hard time digesting them.

Q: GERD symptoms?
Can anyone who has/had GERD give me all the symptoms you have ever felt?

Please? I really need to know.

A: I hope that what I am about to type will aid you in both the answer to this question and also many more.

I am not a doctor, so either way you will want to talk to them, but this is what I have to say as a long time sufferer of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.)!

Three part answer information, what not to do, and what to do!

I have a very severe case of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.). I have had to go to the hospital for some of the heartburn that I have had because the pain can become overwhelming or your breathing can be effected. It can be caused by Smoking, Drinking Beverages with caffeine (My case), Drinking Beverages with Alcohol, or can be Hereditary

The good thing about G.E.R.D. is that it can be a temporary thing and can be cured. It is never a permit thing even if you end up with it for the rest of your life it has the ability to be cured.

G.E.R.D. is caused by too much acid being created in your stomach. This can lead to or cause ulcers, esophagus damage, heartburn and/or damage in the mouth. Other symptoms that can be found in a few cases are dizziness, tingling in limbs, numbness of Limbs, Chest/Back pain focused on the left side (in most cases), and shortness/difficulty breathing.

WHAT NOT TO DO!!!!!!!!
In most cases, stress is a factor to the reflux if you watch what you eat and reduce some of the stress it will help. If you watch what you eat for about a week you should find relief, if you do not then that is when you definitely what to listen to the doctor. Things to watch for are as follows:

Fatty Foods
Citrus Foods
Foods That Contain Grease
Fried Foods
Chocolate (including any Coco)
Tomato Based Products

The two foods that I recommend is Black strap Molasses and Raw honey. The apple is better for night time reflux while these will work for just about all of it. What you will do is take about a tsp. of whatever one you chose. Molasses being the better because of strength and nutrition, but must be use to the taste. What the substance will do is stick to the sides of the esophagus and do two things, one is heal and the other is protect.
On the healing end, both substances have a healing property in them, and as they sit on the walls of the esophagus they will heal it. This is also helpful if you have a sore throat in the morning from refluxing.
On the protection end, both substances are high in sugar and when acid that is refluxed comes up to that the sugar will neutralize it and it will not longer be a problem at that point.

I would also look to putting Cinnamon and Ginger in you diet, they have been know to help with digestion and will help you reduce the amount of acid needed to brake down food, therefore causing you to reflux less.This is a bit more then you wanted, but I figured that you may want to know it anyways.

Q: I have gerd and sometomes I feel dizzy and nasueous. Could these symptoms be related to gerd.?
Every so often I feel dizzy and nauseous…..I have gerd, could these symptoms be related to gerd? This usually only lasts for 1 day.

A: I hope this helps. A lot of problems come from how/what we eat and combine our foods together. Let me explain.

It was the first time I cooked dinner for my then-boyfriend. I didn’t know it back then, but my own cure began with a question from this man who would later become my husband(Mike)

Shortly after we met, I made dinner for him and he asked if it would be alright if he didn’t eat one of the foods I had prepared. He said it all looked wonderful, but that the combination would give him a stomach ache. I didn’t know what he meant, since nothing was fried and no hot spices were used.

It was then that he asked me the question that literally changed my life forever!

Mike asked me, “Have you heard of food combining?”

My immediate answer was “no” I hadn’t heard of it. Even though it wasn’t anything new, and had been endorsed by many health experts, peak performance experts and celebrities and more – I really had never heard of FOOD COMBINING.

After hearing about how “mis-combining” leads to acidosis, acid-reflux, heartburn and a host of other digestive problems, I had my first “properly combined” meal…



That’s right…

NO cramps
NO bloated stomach
NO excessive gas
NO acid reflux
NO constipation
NO running to the bathroom
NO horrendous pain

Can you imagine how relieved I felt after all those years? If you have ever suffered any of these symptoms, even mildly, you will understand why I was wild with joy!

Sherry Brescia

Q: Is constipation, chest congestion, being light-headed & feeling food hard to swallow symptoms of GERD?
I have feelings of lumps in my throat & chest. I also constantly have a bad taste in my mouth & bad breath. Feelings of extra or rapid heartbeats, sometimes dizzy, weakness in my arms and /or legs, having to catch my breath & other discomfort.

A: The symptoms for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder which is synonymous with Anti-Reflux Disorder). The symptoms are :
1. heartburn, the primary system described as a burning sensation that may radiate to the neck, jaw or back
2. Pain aggravated by bending over, straining or lying in recumbent position
3. Pain recurring after each meal and lasting fro 20 mins to 2 hours
4. Regurgitation not related to belching or nausea, warm fluid traveling up the throat, resulting in sour or bitter taste
5. Water brash (reflex salivary hyper-secretion)
6. Difficulty and painful swallowing
7. Chest pain from esophageal spasm
8. Belching and a feeling of flatulence or bloating after eating

You have your symptoms of GERD, however you have some symptoms that are not related, in fact some seem cardiac related and I would suggest to go see your doctor ASAP and get a thorough check up. Don’t allow them to just treat your symptoms but follow through for a diagnosis. And follow the instructions you are given, if they don’t work after giving it ample time then continue to voice your concern, don’t let a doctor ever tell you you are not feeling what you know you are feeling. Patients have rights but you must be diligent about getting results.

Q: Question about how to relieve GERD symptoms?
A couple months ago I was diagnosed with GERD. It’s killing me. They prescribed me pepcid. Which I am taking twice a day. Plus I have taken every form of zantac and tums. I have even changed my diet to eliminating anything that creates heartburn. I got a sample menu online so I know everything has been eliminate. Nothing is helping. If I lay down, I can use a heating pad, which works as long as I’m laying down using it. Once I get up I’m still in pain. Also burping has been helping. But I have to gulp down water so I can burp, because I don’t have the need to do so. I called the doctor, but can’t get in for another 2 weeks. And the nurse won’t answer any of my questions. I really need some help, as this is making it really hard for me to eat, drink, sleep or even breathe..
i am 21 years old and just had a baby six months. i had really bad heartburn during the pregnancy. let me know if you need more details to help answer the question. thanks for any advice.

A: In the week or so that I have been answering questions here, I have responded to a number of GERD related inquiries. After reading this, please click on my name to the left and then on that page, scroll back through my previous answers to the obvious GERD questions for additional information.

There are several points you should know about in the escalating response you should mount against GERD symptoms. First of all, I agree with the recommendation above that you should wait after eating, before lying down. However, I would recommend a time frame significantly longer, 2 or 3 hours, before you do, since the stomach is a storage organ and meters your food out over an extended period. What you’re going for is an EMPTY STOMACH to reduce reflux in the supine position, and while you’re at it, prop up your torso when you sleep so that the run is downhill into your stomach. This won’t stop reflux, but it will help put it back in your stomach faster once it occurs.

Acid reducing medications that used to be by prescription only are now being supplied as “over the counter”. Zantac was the first, and the OTC version was half strength. The prescribed dose is 150 mg twice daily and the OTC pill is 75 mg. Pepcid is the same way, except that a full strength OTC dose of 20 mg is now available too. These medications are called H2 blockers, and although they effectively diminish the production of acid in the stomach, the effectiveness is often gone before the next dose is due. I have had numerous critical patients who I have actually been able to measure gastric pH and then customize acid control dosing accordingly. Package directed doses have never been sufficient or frequent enough in that setting.

I do not recommend that you start eating these pills randomly, but know that under a doctor’s supervision, you can have escalating doses of medication that may improve effect. Also the “proton pump inhibitor” or PPI class of medication is known to be more effective.

Acid reducing medication doesn’t stop reflux. It only stops the reflux from being acid. For the most part, thats a pretty good thing, but if you have an inflammed and irritated esophagus, then even bland refluxate will cause pain. The recommendation to eat smaller meals is absolutely correct. You do not want to allow the stomach to have extra leverage to push stuff up. Another less commonly recognized phenomenon though, is “aerophagia” or air swallowing. Every time you swallow, you entrain about 10 to 15 cc of air. For people who reflux a lot, an instintive increase in the rate of swallowing, aimed at replacing refluxed content back into the stomach, results in a substantial gastric air bubble. This tends to increase burping and reflux!

Reflux is ultimately an anatomic problem. It is caused by relative incompetence of the esophago-gastric junction. I say relative, because you can have what should be a strong enough valve, but have enough overpressure in the abdomen to defeat it. Some people have reflux because they are substantially overweight. The overweight makes the pressure inside the abdominal space substantially higher, especially when they are lying down and the pressure is enough to defeat the valve. The most effective and most durable treatment for overweight related reflux is weight loss.

For people who just have weak esophago-gastric junctions causing reflux and no other issues to complicate matters, the proven most effective treatment is anti-reflux surgery. This has been demonstrated multiple times, and by several methods.

Surgical treatment for reflux is typically done laparoscopically. A series of tiny incisions are made into the abdominal wall. A thin camera and long thin instruments are introduced. The stomach is then freed up from its upper attachments and a loose wrap of stomach is passed around the base of the esophagus and stitched to itself, forming a ring. This is called a “fundoplication” and it buttresses the esophago-gastric junction in a manner that returns it toward a much more normal level of functionality. It recreates the one-way valve effect that is supposed to be there.

Unlike medication which only serves to remove the acid from the reflux, this method actually halts the reflux. Depending on your status prior to surgery, you could go from requiring a significant amount of medication to requiring none at all, or to requiring significantly less. You may have changes to your esophagus that are concerning to the gastroenterologist such as changes to the esophagus lining that need to be evaluated on a regluar basis (every year or so) in case the changes start to look like cancer. If so, antireflux surgery doesn’t relieve you of the obligation to continue to monitor this problem. However, some evidence exists that in patients with early changes, there is reversal of the abnormal tissue back to normal. How this relates to cancer risk is as yet unknown.

Q: Do Gerd Symptoms Include Heart Pounding?
Well i got gerd and im only 19. My heart sometimes Pounds Hard enough for my chest to move with it…I jus wanna know is this normal with gerd? But also before i had gerd bout 4 weeks ago i had chest wall pain due to an injury on my left side.Could this be cus of GERD or something else?Not only that my stomach also moves with my heart beat so i dont know if it is a GERD symptom

A: hmmm…thats weird…i dont know much about adult gerd but my infant daughter has it and none of those things happen to her..i mean her stomach moves sometimes when she is in really bad pain and when she breathes of course!! i would call a doctor and ask…if you are on any medication for the gerd that could be an adverse reaction…get checked out :)

Q: what are the symptoms of gerd?
i feel air in my stomach just after meals for several hours accompanied by belching.does it relate to gerd?

A: GERD, or gastro esophageal reflux disease is a common disorder.
Symptoms include: a burning feeling in the throat (heartburn) and epigastric pain.
it is caused by several different things one of which is a weakening of the sphincter at the opening of the stomach, acid then flows back up into the esophagus and can cause ulcerations.
Treatment is usually with medications such as prilosec or protonix which are acid pump inhibitors and reduce the acid produced by the stomach.
Sitting up for thirty minutes after eating can also assist gravity in keeping acid where it belongs. In severe cases surgery to repair that sphincter is performed.
Your description of your symptoms doesnt sound like GERD.
Good luck finding the answers you are seeking.

Q: Relief from GERD symptoms?
I was recently diagnosed with GERD. I have shortness of breath/restricted breathing, chest pain, and muscle fatigue. Do these symptoms generally go away as GERD is treated?

A: Your body is reacting to the disease which is why you have all those symptoms. Once you start taking medication those symptoms should begin to become less invasive, but then again each medication affects individuals differently. I guess the answer is, it should get better.

Q: anyone with GERD? Can you describe your symptoms?
Hi there! I’m a 21 year old Female who was recently diagnosed with GERD. I took EKG’s, and did regular blood pressure examinations (because i went to the ER twice thinking i was having a heart attack) At first they attributed my pains to anxiety, but i wasn’t convinced and kept returning. They then diagnosed me as having GERD, but when i google GERD symptoms, i don’t have any of those symptoms, OR i have extra symptoms. I do experience chest pain, it’s usually right behind my sternum and in my ribs. I also do frequently burp or feel like i have to burp, or feel like i constantly have something in my throat. Also people have told me that my voice sounds different (more raspy) and GERD is known to change voices. I have been taking prilosec for my symptoms, it helps but hasn’t taken the pain away completely. I also have frequent pain in my back, neck, jaw, ears, head, and arms. That is a symptom that isn’t common with GERD. The pain on a scale of 1-10 isn’t more than a 5, but when it all hits me at once it is pretty scary and the pain can be about an 8 or a 9. Everytime i go to the ER though, they always say that i’m okay, but they haven’t run any diagnostic tests on my GERD. So if you have GERD or symptoms similar to these can you describe them for me, cause i’m still not convinced i have that problem.

A: If you’re having severe pain that radiates to your back, neck and jaw, that sounds like when I had gallstones. I have GERD and the prilosec takes it away completely. And GERD doesn’t make you feel pain on that type of scale. It feels mostly like your stomach is one big ball of acid.

I hope you feel better soon!

Q: Can GERD symptoms cause chest pain?
First, I HAVE been to my doc a thousand times over and he doesnt know where the chest pain comes from, and its certainly not panic attacks. When i get the chest pains (generally between my breastbone), i have the urge to burp and my throat swells a little, making it more difficult to swallow. Is this consistent with what GERD could possibly cause?

A: It may be, but a few things may need to be ruled out first. GERD can cause chest pain and is caused by diet (fried foods, acidic foods like spaghetti sauce and pizza), smoking, drinking pop, obesity and inactivity. Does your throat get hoarse? Does eating make the pain better or worse? Also, if this hasn’t been done already you may want to get a test for H. Pylori, a bacteria that causes ulcers.

Q: GERD Symptoms for a Teenager?
Hi, I am 14 and for the past 4 or 5 years I have had chest pains and other abdominal and arm pain.

I went to the Doctor who took my blood pressure, blood oxygen, lung capacity, pulse, BMI and general health and said it was all fine and that it is almost certainly not my heart; so little chance, it’s not worth worrying about. They said it could be something called Costochondritis.

I was searching through the Internet for something that fits my symptoms and I can came across something called GERD.

Can any GERD sufferers help me with this? Does it seem to fit my symptoms of random pain in my abdomen and down the arms? I also sometimes get shortness of breath? Can this relate to it?

Any help is appreciated.


A: It sounds more like what your Dr said; costochondritis.

Q: what are all the symptoms of gerd?
I have shortness of breath and a cold burning feeling in the chest and I also get dizzyness and a faint feeling and I was wondering if any one else with gerd feels all this of any other symptoms.

A: Heartburn itself is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux and GERD. Heartburn sufferers may salivate excessively or regurgitate stomach contents into their mouths, leaving a sour or bitter taste.
Other symptoms of GERD include:
• difficult or painful swallowing
• sore throat
• hoarseness, laryngitis, wheezing, coughing
• pneumonia
• gingivitis, bad breath
• earache

Q: Can GERD have symptoms of burping and feeling full of air? Instead of the well-known burning sensation?

A: yes according to this link..


Q: can GERD symptoms cause chest pain?
First, I HAVE been to my doc a thousand times over and he doesnt know where the chest pain comes from, and its certainly not panic attacks. When i get the chest pains (generally between my breastbone), i have the urge to burp and my throat swells a little, making it more difficult to swallow. Is this consistent with what GERD could possibly cause?

A: ABSOLUTELY – i have stomach ulcers and when they flare up it feels like hell in my chest – however if you have shortness of breath at the same time call 911 !!!

Q: GERD/ulcers/symptoms of??
i am 23, and ever since i gave birth to my daughter 2 yrs ago i have had so many stomach issues. no bowel issues- just stomach and esophagus… major indigestion and heartburn, and loss of appetite, lots of nausea for no reason. there are times when eating pizza or something equally heavy will upset it more, but generally it’s 24/7- and bad. i haven’t had insurance (until now- i have an appt w/ a gastro doc on the 14th!) and the doctors i’ve seen have only given me meds to treat the symptoms… right now i’m on protonix.

do you think i could have an ulcer? could it be GERD? do you have/ have you had these horrible symptoms, and what did you do to treat them?

(i’ll probably have to have an endoscopy done to check everything out… i just wanted to see if anyone can relate or give me insight into these issues)

A: Yes, I have GERD. Yes, you could have an ulcer,, if you are lucky,, as those can be treated. If you have GERD, you are kinda screwed, as there is no cure. (no, the surgery they like to perform only works permanently 15% of the time) I take medications (Aciphex currently) to treat the problem. Works fairly well.

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