Anjuman-e-Asghari Medical News
Tuesday Oct 02 2012
Vol. 1 Issue 5
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News you can use


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Acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD) in adults


What is acid reflux? - Acid reflux is when the acid that is normally in your stomach backs up into the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. This tube is called the esophagus. Another term for acid reflux is "gastroesophageal reflux disease," or GERD.


What are the symptoms of acid reflux? - The symptoms include:


  • Burning in the chest, known as heartburn
  • Burning in the throat or an acid taste in the throat
  • Stomach or chest pain
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Having a raspy voice or a sore throat
  • Unexplained cough 

Is there anything I can do on my own to improve my symptoms? - Yes. You might feel better if you:


  • Lose weight (if you are overweight)
  • Raise the head of your bed by 6 to 8 inches (for example, by putting blocks of wood under 2 legs of the bed or a Styrofoam wedge under the mattress)
  • Avoid foods that make your symptoms worse (examples include coffee, chocolate, peppermint, and fatty foods)
  • Stop smoking, if you smoke
  • Eat a bunch of small meals each day, rather than two or tree big meals
  • Avoid lying down for 3 hours after a meal 

What treatments can help with my acid reflux? - There are three main types of medicines that can help with the symptoms of acid reflux: antacids, histamine blockers, and proton pump inhibitors (table 1). All of these medicines work by reducing or blocking stomach acid. But they each do that in a different way.


You can buy antacids without a prescription. They can relieve mild symptoms, but they work only for a short time. You can also buy most histamine blockers without a prescription. They are stronger and last longer than antacids.


Proton pump inhibitors are the most effective medicines in treating GERD. Two of these medicines are sold without a prescription. But there are other versions that your doctor or nurse can prescribe.


Should I see a doctor or nurse about my acid reflux? - Some people can manage their acid reflux on their own by changing their habits or taking nonprescription medicines. But you should see a doctor or nurse if:


  • Your symptoms are severe or last a long time
  • You cannot seem to control your symptoms 

You should also see a doctor or nurse right away if you:


  • Have trouble swallowing, or feel as though food gets "stuck" on the way down
  • Lose weight when you are not trying to
  • Have chest pain
  • Choke when you eat
  • Vomit blood or have bowel movements that are black or look like tar

Medical Committee
Anjuman-e-Asghari 2012


These names are for your information only please do not contact them in medical Emergency Call 911 or your doctor or your Clinic.


If you have a medical problem to discuss please email female or male doctor and you will be contacted.


Ansar Ahmed MD. MRCP (UK): Neurologist 

[email protected]

Home: 763-478-6406

Cell: 612-207-3043


Fatima Jaffer: BS, RN, CNP: Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner-Pediatrics

[email protected]

Cell: 612-385-4191 


Mohamed Jaffer Karim: Pharm. D: Doctor of Pharmacy

[email protected]

Cell: 612-385-3723


Amir Monzavi OD: Doctor of Optometry

[email protected]

Cell: 612 483-1691


Abdulhussein Nathani: MD Hospitalist

[email protected]

Home: 763-550-2955

Cell: 763-300-9677


Zahra A Nathani: MHA (Master of Health Administration)

[email protected]

Home: 763-550-2955

Cell: 763-300-9089


Shabnam Sabur: BS, RN: Registered Nurse

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Home: 763-780-5411

Cell: 763-300-1075


Mohamed Remtulla

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Home: 763-535-7006

Cell: 763-226-0528