Heartburn can happen at any point during the pregnancy due to fluctuating hormones affecting the muscle that keeps food in the stomach. Some people only experience indigestion from time to time, often when it occurs due to something they have eaten. Others experience it regularly. In the latter group, it can be a sign of an underlying health problem. Heartburn and nausea are both symptoms of indigestion, so they commonly occur at the same time.
GERD is the back up of stomach acid into the esophagus. Indigestion is one of the most common ailments of the bowel (intestines), affecting an estimated 20% of persons in the United States. Perhaps only 10% of those affected actually seek medical attention for their indigestion. Indigestion is not a particularly good term for the ailment since it implies that there is “dyspepsia” or abnormal digestion of food, and this most probably is not the case. In fact, another common name for dyspepsia is indigestion, which, for the same reason, is no better than the term dyspepsia!
I had excruciating stomach pains and went to see a doctor. I am now 43 and had not had any symptoms or issues with heartburn or any other symptom associated with GERD again until 9 months ago. I had trouble with food and it felt like the food was getting stuck in my throat. I went to see an ENT and was treated for acid reflux, but that brought back the memory of my GERD diagnosis some 15 years prior. I went to a gastroenterologist, had an endoscopy done and was once again diagnosed with GERD.
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A person has GERD if he or she has reflux more than twice a week. In addition to the symptoms described above, coughing, asthma and laryngitis can also be symptoms of GERD. According to the ACG, GERD is acid reflux that occurs more than a couple of times per week.
I believe stress plays an important part in my level of GERD. My family doctor sent me to a gastroenterologist where I had a endoscopy and was diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus. I had to have more endoscopies to dilate my esophagus. I had to have many more prescriptions (always the best, not covered by insurance) many more ultra sounds, a 24 hr pH study, and the worst, an esophageal manometry 2 times. Finally I ended up with a Nissen Fundoplication in 2003.
We do know what makes it worse, either by relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter or directly by irritating the esophagus. Reflux and heartburn can be very distressing. The symptoms can affect your sleep and prevent you from enjoying food and drinks as much as you used to. GERD can affect your general wellbeing and everyday life.
It’s caused by a malfunction in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES is supposed to close after allowing food to pass through to the stomach, but when it doesn’t, stomach acid can flow back up where it’s not supposed to be. Over time, GERD can cause damage to the esophagus, including precancerous changes, or lead to respiratory problems like pneumonia, laryngitis, and asthma, so it’s important to get treated.
Most of the support is anecdotal (not based on carefully done, scientific studies). Nevertheless, fat is one of the most potent influences on gastrointestinal function. (It tends to slow down the gastrointestinal muscles while it causes the muscles of the gallbladder to contract.) Therefore, it is possible that fat may worsen indigestion even though it doesn’t cause it. Moreover, reducing the ingestion of fat might relieve symptoms.
reflux symptoms (lump in throat feeling). However, during the second week, I started noticing my mood changing and becoming more anxious/paranoid. Then, in the third week, had muscle aches and panic attacks. I have stopped taking this 2 days ago and am still feeling dizzy, anxious and nauseous. Anxiety/Depression sufferers beware of this medication as it definitely heightens them. Don’t fool yourself into thinking medication allows you to frequently eat foods that once caused heartburn. “If medication controls your symptoms, then it’s probably okay to have a ‘trigger’ food occasionally. But if you do that too often, the heartburn will return,” says Dr. Kyle Staller, a gastroenterologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. You may not have to take a medication to control GERD symptoms.
During this time your child can go home and do his or her normal activities. You will need to keep a diary of any symptoms your child feels that may be linked to reflux. These include gagging or coughing.
They will have a dry cough, asthma symptoms, or trouble swallowing. They wonâ€™t have classic heartburn. GERD is a more serious and long-lasting form of gastroesophageal reflux (GER). When people are ill or need medical advice, they usually go to see their family doctor first.