Can abdominal ultrasound diagnose GERD or normal abdominal ultrasound means I have no GERD?

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I have severe heartburn and severe burning sensation in throat all the day and many other symptoms of gerd [like chest pain during inhaling,bad breath through mouth,feeling of regurgitation,feeling of something present in my throat and also extreme farting (flatulence)].

I went to a gastroenterologist after refered by a doctor(after his pills didnt worked).The gastroenterologist pressed my regions around my stomach.He then suggested an abdominal ultrasound,urine test and some blood tests in which everything were normal.So he told that everything was fine and nothing to worry and didn't spoke a thing about GERD.

Is this the way of dealing with severe heartburns or should I consult another doctor?Now my main question is:

"Does normal ultrasound and urine test means I really have no GERD as doctor suggested ?

OR

Do I need some other tests barium x ray and endoscopy as seen in every internet sites?"

I searched a lot of internet sites which does'nt show any relation between heartburn and abdominal ultrasound.

Please answer my question above which I can state again below:

"Does normal ultrasound and urine test means I really have no GERD as doctor suggested ?

OR

Do I need some other tests barium x ray and endoscopy as seen in every internet sites?"

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    Hi, Imo, doctors and specialists haven't got a clue. I was surprised to find out that I knew way more about reflux than them, and was staggered by what they didn't know. The options were surgery or PPI's for the rest of my life. So if I was you, I wouldn't put too much faith in them. I got well again as do many other people, but it is a journey and this site is a great resource of the kind of knowledge that can get you there.

    Luck

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      Yes,you are right.First of all I did'nt enumerated my each symptom because of the following reasons:

      1.no word power of medical terms.(I did'nt even know the word heartburn).

      2.I was afraid to talk too informally with the doctor by using common language.(like farting,etc).

      3.What I feel is not a particular symptom but a combination of several symptoms with breathing difficulties and heartburn being the most troublesome.

      So,I told doctor that I had pain in my chest and trouble breathing.To add fuel to fire, the specialist did'nt even tried to interrogate me about my symptoms.

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    hi Qwertyabc

    An ultrasound was the first test I had (this will rule out gallstones). The std tests for reflux are endoscopy, barium swallow and 24 hr pH test.

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    Hi qwertyabc

    From what you described it sounds like you need an endoscopy to make sure everything OK.  I have many of the problems you described over quite a few years.  This morning I had an endoscope procedure.  It wasn't very pleasant and I even managed to have it done without sedation.  The stuff they spray in your throat is foul tasting, but it was all over with in about 8 minutes.  I still have to take Omeprazole for the rest of my life as I have a Hiatus Hernia caused by acid reflux, but I am very glad I had the endoscope done it has really put my mind at rest.  I recommend you see your doctor and make it plain you need tohave this procedure.  Good luck with whatever you decide.

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      Yes,endoscopy is what I really need.But first of all I need to convince my next doctor that I am not joking around but I seriously have troubling symptoms.I have written about each and every symptom in brief for doctor to read.
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      Can you please tell which type of endoscopy you went.Along with heartburn I also have severe burning sensation in throat.

      Right now I dont care even if I need a surgery because the only thing I care is permanent relief from my trouble.

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      I had the usual endoscopy with a scope down the throat!  It was OKish but the anaesthetic they numb the throat with is foul.  I opted for no sedation, I wanted to be awake to know what was going on!  I have a hiatus hernia that can only be dealt with by having an op.  Don't fancy that.  I also have severe burning in the throat and symptoms akin to angina (which I was tested for) a foul vinegary taste in the mouth and somtimes my tongue looks grey and is sore from the acid.  My voice is declining as well so I have to go back to the GP and ask for referral to ear, nose and throat dept at the hospital. I sympathise with all your suffering but would definitely ask to have an endoscopy, at least they tell you straight away what's wrong and boy does it take all of the anxiety and stress wondering what your suffering with away; good luck and please let me know if you have the procedure and how you got on.  I'm a class A coward so if I can go through with it, anybody can!!!!
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      I have an appointment with the gastro tomorrow.Most probably endoscopy will be done tomorrow.I also have that foul taste in my mouth(feels like the smeel of an infants poop). I am also having it mildly for 3 or 4 years but now its the climax.I wasnt able to put a stop to it because I could'nt pinpoint my different symptoms which I was feeling to clearly explain to the doctor.

      I have one question:is ur disease GERD or EERD(LPR)?

      I think I may have both.Tomorrow I will know.

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      Hi quertyabc  Good luck today if you have the endoscopy.  I think I suffer GERD and perhaps LPR as well.  I read on line about sore throat and acid reflux and how it affects the voice box.  Not happy reading.  I've had this problem about 10 years and even with Omeprzole and Gaviscon don't get much relief.  Would love to know if it'll ever go but at least I'm glad I had the endoscopy as I was worrying myself sick about Barrett's.  Hope you get some relief soon and why are so many people getting the problem these days???
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