Causes of GERD

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beth0277
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   Posted 1/26/2012 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Do most of you think there is a specific reason that a person gets GERD? I wonder because I often see posts that say "You need to find out why you are having GERD". I know certain things, like a hiatial hernia, certain medications, lifestyle, etc can cause GERD, as well as a weakened LES, but assuming that you don't have a hernia, cut out any medications that can cause GERD, make lifestyle changes and are not at an age where your LES is likely to be weakened due to age, do you think it is likely for someone to have GERD?
 
Do some people develop it "just cause"? Or is there usually something that can be pinpointed?

stkitt
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   Posted 1/26/2012 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
beth,
 
Anyone can have GERD.  Women, men, infants and children can all experience this disorder. 


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aeshleyrose
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   Posted 1/26/2012 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Beth,

I do feel like I have done this to myself because I have led an extremely unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle. I have some pretty interesting "food issues" to deal with.

However, babies get this disease from a non-functioning LES (usually), so I know this isn't the case for everyone. I just have a lot of residual guilt for treating my body like crap for 98% of my life.

So yes, some people can develop it just because. It's a equal-opportunity disease. I also believe that it can come from irresponsible lifestyle, although I don't care to judge anyone except myself (for instance, obesity is a risk factor for both GERD and hiatal hernia).

Take care,
Ashley

beth0277
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   Posted 1/26/2012 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Jamaica, I agree. Occasional heartburn is one thing, but gerd that develops relatively quickly seems like we should be investigating more. So many people just want to treat it, but if we can pinpoint a cause, we may be able to avoid medication. I know anyone can get it, but is itgetting reasonable to think a young person will suddenly develop a weakened LES? It doesn't seem that should be likely.

stkitt
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   Posted 1/26/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
You may want to read this info as it answers your questions. 
 
http://heartburn.about.com/od/gerdacidrefluxdisease/a/causes_of_gerd.htm
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opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/26/2012 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms gradually got worse over a 17 year period before I went the surgical route. I was able to control it with diet changes for the first 7 or eight years. then as it got worse I had to start on the meds. Eventually they stopped working too.
This does run in my family though and I believe mine is more of a genetic issue or something similar to that. I didn't just have severe heartburn all at once. Mine started out as very mild and only on occasion.

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Bill
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mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 1/27/2012 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I've said before, GERD doesn't play fair! When I first got it I looked into the causes identified in the studies, for acid reflux and gastritis (I have both). According to the studies I should be overweight, or bit heavy on the drink, or have a poor diet with lots of fast food, drink buckets of coke or coffee, or, failing all that, I must have Helicobacter. Nope. I have none of the above and never have. And although I have a hernia, it's tiny and wasn't even present on my first scope, thus ruling that out as the cause.

You can drive yourself crazy wanting to know the cause. I'd settle for anything that just makes it more liveable.

And it's the same for other diseases: my mother never smoked, never used hormonal treatments and breastfed all her babies, yet she still managed to die of breast cancer...... "There are more things in heaven and earth ...."

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lanab
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   Posted 1/27/2012 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
When you think about the creator who designed our body, he must have done a major design flaw when so many people have GERD, why didn't the creator make the esophagus with similar lining as the stomach so it could stand the acid coming up?
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