Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition where the stomach acid flows back into the esophagus (tube connecting the throat to the stomach). This acid regurgitation irritates the lining of the esophagus causing a burning sensation in the chest. Antacids and proton pump inhibitors are used in the treatment.

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How long will it take for persistent heartburn to heal completely?

Query: Hi doctor, I have persistent heartburn related symptoms for the last four to five months. I visited a gastro and he prescribed me medicines for 14 days. My conditions got better but not fully cured, so I was given another 14 days of medicine (including a proton-pump inhibitor). Soon the lockdown k...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have briefly and well described your history, and I understand that you have very genuine concerns. So, the problem you have is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is basically reflux of acid from the stomach to food pipe causing heartburn, sore thr...  Read Full »

How to get relief from constant heartburn and other related symptoms?

Query: A couple of weeks before I got severe heartburn, I often felt really bloated and nauseous especially after meals but I kept ignoring it as the symptoms would go away. A month back, I had a faint heartburn throughout the day, and woke up in the middle of the night with severe heartburn all over my ch...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello. I welcome you to icliniq. I can understand that must very much frustrated for your ongoing non resolving symptoms. I want you to understand why this symptoms of heartburn occurs in reality. Hear burn is a common symptoms, that can occur in normal subjects as well but does remain long. In som...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest medicines for heartburn, dry cough, and nausea?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having heartburn, dry cough, and nauseous feel for almost a month now. I have amended my diet for more than two months and have not been eating pork or beef. I am taking veggies and fish now. Also, I am eating small portions already. At the onset, I experience that food has b...  Read Full »

Dr. Mian Shah Yousaf

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I reviewed your detailed history, which is more suggestive of reflux disease. I would like to prescribe some treatment at the moment, and I am hopeful that it will get better. There is nothing to worry about and nothing to panic. If you have any other query kindly get...  Read Full »

Why do I get recurrent pressure and burning sensation in food pipe inspite of taking medications?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35-year-old male. I feel pressure and a sort of burning sensation in my food pipe. My very first symptom occurred in the form of trapped burp in the chest last month. I had a bit of bulgum alongside which I keep throwing out. I took Pan 40 for two weeks and stopped thereafter ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kapil Gupta

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms sound more of a problem known as gastroesophageal reflux disorder which is due to reflux of contents into your esophagus from your stomach. Have short frequent meals. Do not overload yourself. Have a walk after meals and do not directly lie down. Cut d...  Read Full »

Why do I have chronic cough and mild heartburn from the last five days?

Query: Query regarding chronic cough almost dry not completely dry from last 5 days. Gets more persistent during sleep. No fever whatsoever. Took 1 tab of citrizine on day one thinking its allergic since no fever or stuffy/running nose. So ruled out allergy since then. No medication taken, just some otc an...  Read Full »

Dr. Mian Shah Yousaf

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Dear, Welcome to Icliniq. Thank you for providing a detailed history. I just want to clear one thing what do you mean by CHRONIC cough? The history you provided is of just five days so it is not chronic but you used word CHRONIC which means cough for months or years. So if it is just five days of...  Read Full »

I have recurrent swallowing difficulty with burn and pain in chest. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, A few months before, I felt burn and pain in the chest area when I swallow anything like my own saliva. It lasted more than a week and again I felt normal. Again yesterday, I started to feel this pain and I started to think about that and felt stress. Tonight, when I swallow anything ...  Read Full »

Dr. Noushin Payravi

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms you have been experiencing such as difficulty in swallowing and burning pain warrant a more extensive study with barium studies (in which you swallow a material composed of barium and then you will be radiographed, the esophageal structural pathologies are...  Read Full »

What is causing my chest pains?

Query: Hi doctor, For the last two years I have been suffering from severe chest pain. The exact location is behind the breast and the pain radiates to the left hand. I have done enough of evaluation like TMT, 2D echo, lipid profile, MRI thoracic area, MRI cervical, CT chest with contrast and other blood t...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. As per your details, there are only two possibilities: Atypical anxiety chest pain. Gastroesophageal reflux disease with hiatus hernia. My recommendation is to get an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy done. If that is normal, then we can go ahead w...  Read Full »

Will Prevacid help with the symptoms of GERD?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with GERD six years ago. I have gained 10 pounds of weight and I started having phlegm in my throat. I am coughing more to get the phlegm out of my throat. I am currently taking Prevacid (over-the-counter) once a day in the morning. The phlegm and coughing does not seem ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Padhan

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should try a combination of Lansoprazole and Domperidone for one month. Avoid fasting and having spicy food. Take small and frequent meals.   Read Full »

What is the treatment for pancreatic rest?

Query: Hi doctor, Please find the attachment of the endoscopy report of my wife. She had stomach pain a long time ago, and we did the endoscopy. But, the doctor did not explain the reason to us. Could you please explain to me? What is pancreatic rest? What do you think about the nature of her polyps and th...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja

General Surgeon, Medical Gastroenterologist, Medical Oncologist, Paediatric Surgeon, Surgical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the endoscopy reports of your wife (attachment removed to protect patient identity). She has gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn). A pancreatic rest is a sort of ectopic pancreatic tissue in the gastroduodenal mucosa. It is always better to wait for a biopsy ...  Read Full »

Are acid reflux and chest congestion symptoms of GERD or a heart attack?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male, who weighs 240 lbs, and I am 5.10 feet tall. Tonight I had what I think was acid reflux or heartburn. I was not sure about it, as I have never had it. I felt like something is stuck in my throat, and also I felt a chest congestion when I tried to cough. I was...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for your query. Let go of your anxiety. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is 80 % corrected by simple diet and lifestyle modifications. So, I would suggest you try the following. Lose your weight. If your BMI (body mass index) is 25 or above, you need to lo...  Read Full »

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