An ENT Dr. first told me I had it, and prescribed something but I didn't take it. A few years later, I started gagging, especially if I bent over. This time, after being told again that I had acid reflux, I took the medicine.
If I miss a pill, I start gagging or may get nauseous. I have no other symptoms.
Acid reflux can damage your esophagus, and lead to Barrett's Esophagus, which can lead to cancer.
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Me. I had no symptoms of reflux, but it showed up on a barrium swallow I had because of an unrelated injury to my esophagus. My doctor thought I should take something as a preventative. (I take the generic version of Prilosec.) Chronic irritation of the esophagus from acid may be a contributing factor to esophageal cancer and I didn't see any reasons to take chances.
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I was told I had GERD but no real symptoms. Dr. prescribed some potent antacid (which I never took). Then he scheduled me to have my gall bladder out. Which I never did. That was 10 yrs. ago. I'm fine. Oh, I had originally seen the Dr. for a sore throat - - it wasn't strep & he said it was from stomach acid issues??
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