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23m iso GERD NERD

Hello everyone!  

I was recently diagnosed with GERD, Gastro Reflux Disease.  Since then I've had a rough time coping with it, and have been searching for answers from both doctors, and people who have it.

Doctors tell me it's not curable, but people(who had it) tell me it goes away after a while.  I have read that you may take meds for it for a while, and stop after you've made some lifestyle changes.

Does GERD go away with time with lifestyle changes?
Does GERD go away with time without any lifestyle changes in some people?

P.S.  Is the heart actually being damaged during heartburn?
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While GERD is not curable, per se, there are a lot of things you can do to cope with the condition. Most importantly, adhering to a GERD diet (you can find examples on the web), losing weight, lowering stress levels, laughing a lot, eating more low-fat proteins, and exercising will all help control the condition, in essence (though not in fact) making it "go away". For a short while, however, you may have to take medications such as H2-inhibitors (Zantac, Pepcid) or Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs, like Nexium or Prilosec). You may also want to visit a holistic practitioner: there have been a lot of good results using techniques like acupuncture to help control the condition. Finally, if none of that works for you, you can consider surgery for the condition. There are various procedures available, though none guarantees a solution to the problem.

The heart is not actually being damaged by heartburn. A more accurate term is "acid reflux" because acid is refluxing into the esophagus. When it causes damage to the esophageal lining, you get "heartburn."

Note that uncontrolled GERD causes a lot of damage to the esophagus over time, and if left uncontrolled can lead to conditions such as Barrett's Esophagus, strictures, and esophageal cancer, so it's best it be controlled.

NERD is also known as "Non-erosive reflux disease", and it's when someone complains of GERD symptoms without any actual acid damage to the esophagus.
531005 tn?1286519132
Now, I'm afraid.

You see, I tend to eat a lot of foods that have been known to prevent or reduce the risk of certain diseases/cancers.  For example, I drink one cup of coffee a day, and a glass a wine a week.  Coffee lowers the risk of prostate cancer.  Wine is for the heart.  I eat wheat bread, which is high in fiber so that I speed up digestion in the large intestine to prevent colon cancer.  

But now I can't eat any of these things because they're not good for my GERD.  And if I don't take care of my GERD it could lead to esophageal cancer.  So I'm damned if I do, and damned if I don't.  
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