Did the Republican take-over of the House and Senate give President Obama heartburn?
It was announced that the President was taken to Fort Belvoir Medical Center yesterday after complaining of a sore throat. Obama underwent a fiber optic examination his throat which showed some “soft tissue swelling.” The President was then transferred over to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD where he underwent additional testing, including a CT scan. The diagnosis, according to White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, was acid reflux.
The President’s physician, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, reported:
“The CT scan was normal. The president’s symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly.”
The President gave up smoking before entering the White House.
Having GER once in a while is common.
Common foods that can worsen reflux symptoms include
If you have gastroesophageal reflux (GER), you may taste food or stomach acid in the back of your mouth. The most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is regular heartburn, a painful, burning feeling in the middle of your chest, behind your breastbone, and in the middle of your abdomen. Not all adults with GERD have heartburn. Other common GERD symptoms include
Esophagitis is inflammation in the esophagus. Adults who have chronic esophagitis over many years are more likely to develop precancerous changes in the esophagus.
With GERD you might breathe stomach acid into your lungs. The stomach acid can then irritate your throat and lungs, causing respiratory problems, such as
GERD can sometimes cause Barrett’s esophagus. A small number of people with Barrett’s esophagus develop a rare yet often deadly type of cancer of the esophagus.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, medicines, surgery, or a combination.
You can buy many GERD medicines without a prescription. However, if you have symptoms that will not go away, you should see your doctor.
All GERD medicines work in different ways. You may need a combination of GERD medicines to control your symptoms.
Antacids. Doctors often first recommend antacids to relieve heartburn and other mild GER and GERD symptoms. Antacids include over-the-counter medicines such as
Antacids can have side effects, including diarrhea and constipation.
H2 blockers decrease acid production. They provide short-term or on-demand relief for many people with GER and GERD symptoms. They can also help heal the esophagus, although not as well as other medicines. You can buy H2 blockers over-the-counter or your doctor can prescribe one. Types of H2 blockers include:
If you get heartburn after eating, your doctor may recommend that you take an antacid and an H2 blocker. The antacid neutralizes stomach acid, and the H2 blocker stops your stomach from creating acid. By the time the antacid stops working, the H2 blocker has stopped the acid.
PPIs lower the amount of acid your stomach makes. PPIs are better at treating GERD symptoms than H2 blockers.1 They can heal the esophageal lining in most people with GERD. Doctors often prescribe PPIs for long-term GERD treatment.
However, studies show that people who take PPIs for a long time or in high doses are more likely to have hip, wrist, and spinal fractures. You need to take these medicines on an empty stomach so that your stomach acid can make them work.
Several types of PPIs are available by a doctor’s prescription, including: