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Can GERD be caused by too little stomach acid?

Increased levels of stomach acid aren't actually listed as causes for GERD anywhere I could find. It is listed as a cause for ulcers, but not GERD: Increased levels of gastrin can cause increased ...
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What are effective lifestyle modifications for people with gastric acid reflux?

It sounds like you know that some lifestyle modifications have been shown to be beneficial with patients who have mild to moderate GERD and that these interventions are typically preferable to ...
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What do these blood tests mean in general and why do doctors ask for them before taking action?

CRP C-reactive protein (CRP) is produced by the liver. The level of CRP rises when there is inflammation throughout the body. It is one of a group of proteins called "acute phase reactants" that go ...
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Why is it suggested to avoid acid, but drink vinegar for acid reflux / GERD?

This advice for drinking vinegar for acid reflux/GERD is not something I've been able to find any credible backing for. The OP's source for the claim being draxe.com suggests they are talking about ...
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GERD - path to cure and prevent gerd from ever coming back

In summary: The first line of treatment of GERD symptoms are lifestyle changes: losing weight (if necessary), avoiding triggering foods and moderate physical activity. Eliminating all suspected foods ...
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What is the long term side effect of lying after eating?

Advice against lying down after a meal is usually given to those who already have acid reflux (WebMD) and not to everyone. Reflux comes from excessive relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (...
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What are effective lifestyle modifications for people with gastric acid reflux?

Effective lifestyle modifications would include: Weight loss - excess weight causes pressure on the stomach, overcoming the lower-oesophageal sphincter and pushing acid into the oesophagus ...
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Neutralize bile in stomach

You can neutralize bile by bile acid sequestrants, such as cholestyramine or colestipol. However, these and other medications, such as H2 blockers and metoclopramide, may not be very effective (Drugs....
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Causes of GERD when not responding to weight loss or PPIs

Only your healthcare provider can help diagnose and treat YOUR situation, so keep working with them on this. But what I can do is help reflect your own statements back to you. Regarding the ...
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Is it true that acid reflux is caused by low acid levels in stomach?

It's neither. Acid reflux, according to Wikipedia, is caused by: ... poor closure of the lower esophageal sphincter ... (second paragraph) This in turn causes stomach acid to rise into the ...
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Why is acid reflux (allegedly) often confused with chest pain?

The average person has never felt chest pain of cardiac origin so has no idea what it "should" feel like, and therefore they have no way of knowing how to distinguish it from other sources of chest ...
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How do we know that our esophageal sphincters are malfunctioning in acid reflux without endoscopy?

Firstly, I would be reluctant to ascribe those symptoms (recurrent oral canker sores) to acid reflux. In very severe reflux acid can make its way up the oesophagus and can cause chemical burns to the ...
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Causes of GERD when not responding to weight loss or PPIs

I would first and foremost attempt to lose weight; nevertheless, Endoscopy is not really the the optimal test to diagnose hiatal hernia. You should do a double-contrast Esophagus-Stomach-Duodenal X-...
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