Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is caused when the acid in the stomach travel up to the throat and create a burning feeling in the chest. The symptoms are heartburn, bad breath, sore throat, hoarse voice, bloating, etc. It can be caused by consuming spicy and fatty food or due to obesity, stress, anxiety, pregnancy, smoking, etc.

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Why do I get pinpointed chest pain on the left side?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old male having a normal health condition. My height is 5 feet 6 inches, and weight is 58 Kg. Recently (yesterday), I noticed chest pain in the left side which feels like pinpointed pain (electric shock kind) and lasted for a few seconds. Please let me know what I need ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

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My GERD symptoms reemerged when the dosage of Lansoprazole was reduced by doctor. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I was on Lansoprazole 30 mg for three months. This controlled my symptoms of GERD. Then the doctor reduced the dose to 15mg about four weeks ago. Now I have bad acid reflux, lots of belching, and hot flushes in my chest and back. Burping after all meals - a lot of burping, and my ch...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You seem to suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In such cases, I suggest a combination of tablet Rabeprazole and Levosulpiride to my patients, along with lifestyle modifications l...  Read Full »

Why do I have a nagging and choking sensation in my throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a nagging feeling on my throat for more than a month and a half now. It has been worsening as a feeling of choking sensation all day. I do not have a problem swallowing, nor is my throat painful, but the feeling is annoying, and I have a hard time sleeping nowadays. I do not have...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. And I am concerned about you. It is due to gastric reflux disease only. As you mentioned, you have removed gallbladder. So when you eat something because there is no organ to consume all the enzymes, it hits back, and you get such a choking feeli...  Read Full »

Can lactose intolerance cause acid reflux?

Query: Hello doctor, I drink two pints milk a day with a protein shake but since then I have got acid reflux and cannot swallow without food getting stuck in my throat. Endoscopy was done last year which was normal. Is it intolerance to milk or lactose that is causing this? Also, is it safe to take Raniti...  Read Full »


Dr. Srinivasan Thama Venkatesan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. To answer your first question regarding lactose intolerance, lactose intolerance will cause predominantly bloating and loose stools. Both Ranitidine and Lansoprazole have a different mechanism of action, taking one class of drugs for reducing your dyspeptic symptoms are...  Read Full »

Which is the best probiotic for acid reflux?

Query: Hi doctor, I have acid reflux since 10 years. My H.pylori test is negative. I already overused Pantoprazole and it caused side effects like vitamin B12 deficiency, muscle weakness, etc. So, I would like to discontinue it. I heard that probiotics may heal my problem. Can I use probiotics? If so, th...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are suggestive of irritable bowel syndrome. Yes, probiotics play a wonderful role in this. In fact the famous probiotic for this purpose available in market are Darolac-IBS and VSL-3 (lactic acid). You can take them twice a day. For furth...  Read Full »

Why am I having chest pain even though lipid profile and echo are normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from chest pain in the left side from 4 to 5 days, but my lipid profile and 2D echocardiography both reports are normal. What to do? What is the reason of chest pain?  Read Full »


Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chronic reflux of stomach acids into your esophagus can irritate your esophagus. In severe cases, it can cause dysphagia. Scar tissue can develop in your esophagus. The scar tissue can narrow your esophagus. This is known as an esophageal stricture. In some cases, dysph...  Read Full »

Can PPI cause stomach pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have multiple problems with my stomach, it all began two years ago after taking pills which I was allergic to. My stomach became inflamed with a lot of acids, chronic antrum gastritis, and acid reflux. My stool was too soft, and I did not take any pill because my doctor did not give...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All the problems can be explained by dyspepsia. Although there are certain issues like normal endoscopy and absence of inflammation. And on endoscopy reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), there is no obvious granulation tissue seen. There may be so...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for abdominal pain post meals in a COPD patient?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 56 years old. She feels pain and burning sensation in her abdominal area. Initially, it started from the right side of her upper abdominal area then after few days to the left side. It often occurs after eating. Although, we consulted her usual doctor, who prescribes her f...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your mother has been suffering from pain and burning sensation in the abdominal area for few days. She is a known case of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and HTN (hypertension). Well, such type of...  Read Full »

How to manage smoker's cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I have been smoking since the age of 18. I recently started feeling random pricking pain (mild) on both sides of the chest (but it occurs at one place at a time, not together), and it feels like it is coming from beneath the ribcage. I also have a smokers' cou...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from chest pain, which is pricking in nature. You are a smoker. You have a smoker's cough too. Smoker's cough is normal, and it can happen in any part of life in p...  Read Full »

What is the reason for pain in the center of my lower abdomen?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 53 years old and 6 feet tall. I had pain about an inch from the center of my lower abdomen for a few weeks. I thought it might be from too many sodas. I cut down to just a few this weekend. I did not eat any fried food either. I felt much better. But the next day, I felt a little pa...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com.Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from abdominal pain. Abdominal pain may result from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease (PUD), gallstones, diverticulitis, Cr...  Read Full »

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