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Is Heartburn Or Stomach Burn Due To GERD, Gastritis, An Ulcer Or IBS?

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Posted on Tue, 22 Feb 2022
Question: Is heartburn or stomach burning considered a stomach pain to diagnose gerd/gastritis/ulcer/ibs?
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Its considered a burning type pain

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Yes, heart burn can be considered a burning type of pain, though actual pain of ulcer is gnawing type of pain. Mild heartburns are not a cause of concern. Difference in conditions is based on clinical presentation and other symptoms (not just pain).

Hope this answers your doubt. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Dr. Vaishalee
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Vaishalee Punj (2 days later)
Does these type of disease cause you stomach ache specially GERD? Or GERD can exist with stomach ache?
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yes, GERD can have stomach ache but will also have sore throat

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Dyspepsia (indigestion) or epigastric (upper central part of abdomen) pain can be caused by GERD, gastritis, ulcer disease, pancreatitis and non-ulcer dyspepsia. There are some basic differences between symptoms of GERD and others:- GERD has sore throat, bad acid-like taste in mouth, hoarseness, cough, wheezing. GERD is most likely to have pain in substernal (below the chest bone) region.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Follow up: Dr. Vaishalee Punj (1 hour later)
Can you please advise the treatment plan for GERD?

Thanks.
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj (18 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Take precautions mainly

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Treatment involves reducing esophageal reflux, helping food down the food pipe, protect food pipe from acid. My suggestion would be as follows:

- Avoid foods and medicines that relax esophageal sphincter- namely chocolates, coffee, alcohol, fatty foods and some medicines (calcium channel, blockers, anticholinergics, sleep medicines, etc.)
- Dietary modifications like avoiding spicy foods, avoid alcohol, avoid fatty foods that contain more of butter and ghee, Drink cleaner water and take hygienic food, take more of fruits and milk, take thicker foods, take meals at same time everyday
- Elevate head side of bed, take a walk after meals, Do not lie down at least 2 hours after food
- Avoid alcohol, smoke etc.
- Medicines to be tried in the following order of preference: antacids like Digene after meals are to be preferred, if antacids do not control symptoms then Tab Ranitidine 300 mg half hour before dinner. Omeprazole, Domperidone, surgery are other options

Dr. Vaishalee
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Is Heartburn Or Stomach Burn Due To GERD, Gastritis, An Ulcer Or IBS?

Brief Answer: Its considered a burning type pain Detailed Answer: Hi, Yes, heart burn can be considered a burning type of pain, though actual pain of ulcer is gnawing type of pain. Mild heartburns are not a cause of concern. Difference in conditions is based on clinical presentation and other symptoms (not just pain). Hope this answers your doubt. Let me know if I can assist you further. Dr. Vaishalee