Gastric Esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD

From: Helen Dynda (
Tue Jan 4 20:15:34 2000

Bev, I suffered from GERD a few years ago. My symptoms presented as a burning pain in the central area of my chest. At the time, I actually thought the burning pain was heart-related; but thankfully I had a Physician Assistant who recognized what was causing the burning sensation and knew how to treat it.

What was actually happening was stomach acid - which is very irritanting to the esophagus - was backing up into my lower esophagus. I am not too sure as to what caused this to happen in the first - perhaps being overweight had something to do with it. I know that it took several weeks of treatment before it no longer caused me problems.

Bev, I am concerned that you are not taking medication for this. I do remember the names of the medications I was prescribed for GERD - Prilosec and Propulsid. I will send my list about presciption medication sites to the Forum - and then you will be able to learn more about these medications, Prilosec and Propulsid.

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