Can GERD be Cured or just Treated?

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Healthisannoying
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   Posted 10/9/2012 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, first off I am new to these health forum things and I apologize if this post is a little long.

I believe I have GERD, although I have not been officially diagnosed by my Family Practitioner or any specialist, the research that I have done with finding out the symptoms have matched up with mine. My symptoms include, pain in the center of my chest (underneath the breastbone), burping or bloating after eating, lack of appetite, morning nausea most importantly, and sometimes shortness of breath (not sure if that last one is just stress about all of this or what). Yes, I have seen a doctor about my pain in the chest because I was originally scared of it being a heart issue, I have not had an EKG done or anything of that type, but he gave me a 5-day sample of Dexilant. After taking it for 2 days now the symptoms have seem to of gotten better. Now I feel that after reading other posts, people had symptoms way more severe than mine. Such as their pain being so severe they can't get up or it prevents them from doing more things, i would described my chest pain more like an annoyance than anything. People vomiting is another symptom that I have not been able to relate to. I have had acid reflux in the past, but I found it a nuisance, so whenever it happened It had happened, I took some tums to relieve the issue, and then stop eating the food that caused it. I had officially eliminated the foods that caused Acid Reflux issues in my diet (90% of the time), and all of this "GERD" stuff hadn't really been much of an issue until last Friday.

Anyway, that is just a general background. My main question is...

Can GERD be cured completely? Or will I have to treat it with medication and a healthy lifestyle forever.

I am really scared of all of this, but I feel that I have caught it early enough to where I will just have to take medication for my esophagus to heal and for it all to get better. But then there is the other side, where I notice it when the symptoms flare up, but then I just have to mitigate the symptoms for a lifetime with medication and healthy food choices. All of this is really scary and I would really appreciate a quick response....

Thanks,

Ethan

Historyman
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   Posted 10/9/2012 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there Ethan. GERD can be frightening and it has got me into the dumps on more than one occasion, but as others on here will attest I think (that have wayyyyyy more experience than me) it doesn't mean your life is over.

As to whether GERD can be cured, I think the answer is it depends. Some people will deal with it for the rest of their life, and possibly require surgery for a "cure." Others (apparently like me and possibly you) may deal with it in cycles or from time to time and in some few cases it may go away. My dad had it for a while, then it just randomly went away.

You're right that those of us who apparently deal with more minor problems than those with severe problems aren't justified in complaining, but it can be disconcerting.

Keep us updated. Know that there are many people here, some veterans of the whole GERD journey including surgery, who have been there/done that and will support you. :)

Healthisannoying
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   Posted 10/9/2012 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Historyman for replying, It really comforts me to know that it can come in phases or just go away in general. I have a doctor appointment this Friday to check back in with my family doctor. I will post back here my results and what seems to be going on. Hopefully its nothing serious and can be solved with just a couple weeks of medication.

Historyman
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   Posted 10/9/2012 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Again, it's hard to tell in which category you will fall into, but hope for the best. Let us know how things go.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 10/10/2012 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there

I think a lot of people reach the point where their GERD is well managed, ignorable even, either on regular medication or with lifestyle modification, especially if their GERD was the culmination of decades of a Homer Simpson diet! Those of us using the forum here tend to be the exception for that - the majority of people here are in the run up to surgery (Nissen for hernia repair) or have had difficulties with medicating their GERD. Some of us can't take the medication, some of us juggle side effects.

But eventually even those who have struggled usually find a workable situation - not cured but with a combination of diet/drugs/lifestyle/natural treatments that is their personal recipe for success. It's not a quick process and I'm afraid it's a bit of an experiment and often a bumpy ride whilst you figure out your own personal 'recipe' for dealing with it. Hang in there!

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greatunclebill
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   Posted 10/10/2012 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
gerd is almost completely food driven. i strongly suggest you keep a detailed food diary to see what you are eating in the days leading up to episodes. then start eliminating the foods that are constantly showing up in the list at the wrong times. my 40 years experience is that it's not so much what you eat, but how much and when you eat. a soda today may not bring it on, but several sodas for several days in a row may trigger it, something like that.

untreated, the Gerd over time can lead to esophagus problems, even esophageal cancer if it is allowed to constantly eat away at the esophageal lining. Gerd is stomach acids, specifically hydrochloric acid. the easiest answer is to take an otc med like zantac once a day and be careful what you eat.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 10/10/2012 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually the causes of oesophageal cancer are not fully understood. Having GERD can lead to Barretts oesophagus but the rate of progression from Barretts to oesophageal adenocarcinoma is now put at less than 1%. There are people walking around with Barretts who have no symptoms at all and it can be a coincidental finding when scoping the elderly population. Having GERD does not mean you should be anxious about cancer related to it - your risk of other more common cancers, prostate, bowel, breast and lung, are much higher than any risk associated with GERD.

MMM
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ericapeace2000
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   Posted 10/12/2012 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the rest of the crew. Some people are able to manage their GERD and it only comes in waves and others have to be on a constant maintainance program. And it is even possible that things can change over time. My advice is do what you need to do to address your symptoms NOW (meds, diet, lifestyle changes) and see how you respond. Take it day by day. It is a very annoying condition and it can be difficult to manage but it is not a death sentence. It is becoming more and more of a commmon problem, especially in the USA.
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)

opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/12/2012 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Healthisannoying-

Welcome aboard!

As the others have said it really depends on a lot of factors. Those of us like me and have a LES that won't close the meds and such just won't work very well. If it is from an infection or some other factor I believe it may be able to be cured after the cause is eliminated and the meds help heal the esophagus.
There are so many causing factors that there really is no one answer to your question.

Take care,
Bill
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Healthisannoying
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   Posted 10/13/2012 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all! Thanks for responding to my posts and i appreciate all of the feedback. I started taking Dexilant this past Monday for my issues and they have nearly gone away. Throughout the week I have noticed the reduction of my chest pains and upper abdominal pains, and my appetite is coming back along with the nausea disappearing. I did some further research and figured out there is something called Gastritis, and I might have been dealing with that but i am still unsure. I have finished my sample of Dexilant and my doctor told me to move right along to Prilosec if my pharmacy wouldn't give me Dexilant.

I would say the only complaint (health wise) that might be related to all of this is this feeling of something being in my throat after eating. It started yesterday (Friday, October 12th) after eating a sandwich for lunch, and the feeling basically persisted throughout the day. I get up this morning, eat a bowl of cereal and I am not feeling the same sensation. Going throughout the day I eat some fat free cheetos (just a couple) and the feeling comes back. I was looking up the feeling and they said it could be directly related to acid reflux. But could it really though? After EVERY single thing I eat in the afternoon it give me the feeling? I am at a loss for words. I took some tums just a bit ago and it really has had no affect on it whatsoever. It doesn't hurt to swallow, eat, or anything. And I especially don't have a shortness of breath or any constriction up there whatsoever.

So anyone with this same feeling want to give me some tips or suggestions as to alleviate this feeling or possibly something I could do to make it stop forever ?

GERDRefluxCure
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   Posted 11/17/2013 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Taking the chlorine out of your diet can have a drastic effect on your GERD, Acid Reflux and LPR. Chlorine gas in tap and bottled water changes the chemistry of your stomach acid, resulting in HCLO instead of HCL.

Find out more at www.gerdrefluxcure.com
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