By Sandra Rose  | 

Barack Obama

According to published reports, President Barack Obama was rushed to a military hospital near Washington D.C. on Saturday after complaining of a sore throat. Doctors there diagnosed Obama with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) caused by acid reflux.

Comedian Joan Rivers also suffered from acid reflux (GERD). She was undergoing an endoscopy (a test to diagnose GERD acid reflux) when she died tragically in a Manhattan clinic on Sept. 4 at age 81.

Gastroesophageal refers to the stomach and the esophagus -- the so-called "food pipe" that carries food to your stomach.

GERD occurs when corrosive acid and bile from your stomach backs up into your esophagus causing burning and inflammation.

Acid reflux is when food and liquid is regurgitated into your esophagus and mouth.

The digestive process begins the moment food enters your mouth. Enzymes in your mouth begins working to break down the food as it travels down your esophagus toward your stomach.

A small band of muscle around the bottom of your esophagus called the esophageal sphincter allows food and liquid to enter your stomach where it is digested. But if the sphincter is weak the acid and stomach content backs up into your esophagus.

Stomach acid can cause serious damage to the more sensitive tissue lining of the esophagus. Most people experience mild symptoms of heartburn occasionally. These symptoms can be managed with over the counter medications.

But people with GERD experience discomfort that affects their activities of daily living.

GERD is diagnosed when doctors see damage done to your esophagus.


Signs and Symptoms of GERD varies from mild to severe and from occasional to chronic (longterm).

Symptoms include:

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Sensation of lump in throat
  • Burning in throat
  • Sour taste in mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Difficulty swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Nausea
  • Coughing

    The cause of GERD is stomach acid and bile irritation the lining if the esophagus. Risk factors include:

  • Stress
  • Hiatal hernia (stomach bulging through diaphragm)
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Dry mouth
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Delayed stomach emptying
  • Connective tissue disorders, such as scleroderma

    Your doctor will run a series of tests to diagnose your GERD, including X-rays of your abdomen. You will be asked to swallow Barium so abnormalities show up clearly.

    Endoscopy: The doctor will pass a flexible tube into your throat to look at your esophagus. This is the test that comedian Joan Rivers was undergoing when she died. The test is safe when conducted by qualified doctors and technicians.


    Medications include antacids to neutralize stomach acid and medications to reduce or block acid production (Prilosec, Prevacid, Tagamet, Nexium, Zantac, etc). Some of these medications are available over the counter and do not require a prescription.

    Surgery is usually the last resort if medications and lifestyle changes (diet, stop smoking, etc) fails to alleviate your symptoms.


    Complications of GERD (acid reflux) include esophageal stricture (thickening and narrowing of the esophagus), esophageal ulcers (open sores in esophagus), and cancer of the esophagus.

    Call your personal physician immediately or go to the ER if over the medication does not alleviate your symptoms or if you experience symptoms more than twice a week.

    If left untreated, serious injuries to the esophagus will occur.

    This has been your Medical Minute.

    More Info On the Web

    GERD - Mayo Clinic

    GERD - WebMD

    Acid Reflux (GERD) - eMedicine Health


    Any medical information published on this blog is for your general information only and is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice. You should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider. and its affiliates cannot be held liable for any damages incurred by following advice found on this blog.

    • Crickett

      I had this, very uncomfortable. I would gag when eating anything acidic like Minute Maid Citrus, tomato sauce and Italian dressing. Hope he gets better.

    • thriftStoreJungle

      ive also suffered from this. ended up in the ER thinking it was a heart attack. thanks for the post, auntie.

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      My sister has this quite a bit ... :yes:

    • JerseyMom

      Good morning, Sandra.

    • Yardgirl

      Thanks for this very informative weekend post Miss Sandra!! :waves: I had bad reflux (pepper tastes in my mouth!) and the doctor put me on Nexium. I am able to control it with diet (rarely have tomato & tomato products) and I don't eat anything heavy after 8pm :pizza: Eating late and going to bed with a full stomach is the WORST!! :lipssealed:

    • Blanche Devereaux

      I have this as well. I stopped eating acidic foods for the most part but I still love my lemonade. I won't dare go to bed on a full stomach though. That sensation will make me vomit.

    • StripperOnAMinkRug

      I haven't seen this on anybody's news.. "Published reports" usually means Ray Ray n nem.... Believe it when I see it for myself..

    •!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      I haven’t seen this on anybody’s news.. “Published reports” usually means Ray Ray n nem…. Believe it when I see it for myself..

      :lol: so you calling this "donation bin" news?

    •!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      y'all read that ish CB supposedly wrote about Kumquat? :shocked:

    • MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      @U Bruh :facepalm: He said lil Coochie was doing threesome for the love until he slowed it down, didn't visit him but one time in the pokey, was hosting parties and dating Drake while he was incarcerated :crying1: Even Rhianna came and saw him once. Technically she more loyal cause she wasn't even his girl. I told ya'll Coochie had a side hustle. You know them :cool: be stacking $$ off black Americans :rofl: Vietnamese anyone? :eek: THAT'S RACIST. I kid I kid :thinking: last time he left her and she didn't has gas money she was like F THAT. She said never again :nono:

    • luVn_liFe…

      Pres Must have thought he was having a heart attack, they rushed him to the ER so quick!
      My hubby has acid reflux takes prilosec everyday like a vitamin :nono:
      NOT Good, Not my esophagus so whatevs :nun:

    • luVn_liFe…

      last time he left her and she didn’t has gas money she was like F THAT. She said never again
      GLAD She wizened UP a wet puss/dry pocketbook don't go together :tea:

    • sassyshe

      They tryna kill this man by any means necessary

    • sassyshe

      Instagtram is the best thing ever. I swear this Chris brown/karate chop now drake and every other celeb possible in the mix is too funny. I'm scrolling through my page with my :popcorn: like oh shoot chop getting a back born, oh no cb did not go there, oh shoot the Menes are out now charlamagne, duval, Joe budden all chiming in.

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Chile KrispyKreme doing threesomes explains a lot :popcorn: no wonder she never got mad at him cheating.... and now you wanna demand respect... btyches kill me .... and as far as Chris ... chile keep spilling those teas..... his queen antics... :hahaha: KrispyKreme getting just what she deserves and so will Chris .... far as I'm concerned she was a leech :yes:

    • luVn_liFe…

      :popcorn: Whet the MENZ Saying??

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      The Drake scoop had me like :tea: well hell how you think she snagged you :rolleyes: but that 3 some shyt had me like ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :rofl: ninja didn't have to put that out there like.... although .... he made a interesting point :thinking: she knew the deal when she got wit him :shrugs: I even remember several photos out there with him bringing groupies home and KrispyKreme was sitting in the front seat..... Bytches kill me :rolleyes: you invite ho3s in ya bedroom for your man (thirsty) then you get mad when he cheats..... :blink: bytch bye :bye:

    • Blanche Devereaux

      Y'all see Karrueche and Drake both in Miami :tea:

    • sassyshe

      @luvn I think duval posted most there's one with duval saying he's not worried bout drake :hump: his Butch cause he's never meeting his Butch. Then there's a bunch with drake watching his phone laughing saying yasss, then thy reposted drake on tour mocking cb singing these butches not loyal

    • sassyshe

      @jenie cosign
      I remember when they started the drake talks before cb went to jail

    • Blanche Devereaux

      I just went off the deep end with my sister. Our relationship is pretty much over. Now she was talking crazy about me to Blanche 5 when I was at work yesterday.

    • sassyshe

      That's messed up blanche

    • Blanche Devereaux

      @sassy i really want to kick her azz but i think she knows she messed up after what I just said. Don't tell my 5 year old what you think I need to be doing in any aspect of my parenting. I usually let it ride but she has been a thorn in my side and I have to cut her off. And what's sad is, she's my dads favorite, so he will cut me off after this

    • sassyshe

      Blanche I understand cause my mom and I got into it a few months back cause we had some words and went to my 6 year old with it. Family can be so childish at times but in those situations speak your mind don't let no one tell you how to raise your child esp when you doing a good job

    • luVn_liFe…

      BLANCHE :hug: Unfortunately U/Sis situation has been dwindling. Ya'll may heal in time, If NOT *dueces* to her for the sake of ur sound mind

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Sassy that Drake rumor been out there :yes: matter fact word on the streets Drake show CB the texts she sent :tea: I'm sorry BUT BTYCH is a Thot! She got that verified stamp because of Chris :shrugs: let's be real here... Her entire career ...what little career she has jumped because of him :tea: she will be back with him

    • Blanche Devereaux

      :hugs: i know luvie the boo doesn't understand why I am so upset but disrespect from family hurts worse and I don't stand for it.

      @sassy you're right. I shouldn't have held my tongue even that long

    • CocoKhaleesi

      Blanche girl I am in THEE same boat....

    • Blanche Devereaux

      @jenie i think they are done but it won't stop the next industry dummy from being in her face. They love anything broke blasian and freaky :tea: she will have a new man soon

    • Blanche Devereaux

      @Coco smh that's sad that so many people can relate

    • luVn_liFe…

      the boo doesn’t understand why I am so upset but disrespect from family hurts worse
      :yes: I Know I have a wayward sis TOO. I had to cut that chick of though.
      A whole year this holiday season. Best thing I did for myself.
      Whatcha Gonna Do, hold it in for the sake of "Fam'S" Feelings and stroke out or get an aneurism ??
      Nawh NOT EYE.

    • sassyshe

      @jenie that's what he said - he elevated her to his status.
      @blanche she will never be wife's up on cb level well not by no industry dude, she better look towards sports

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Blanche Devereaux says:

      :tea: she will have a new man soon

      They will expect her to be down with sharing :tea: sharing is caring

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Chile CB just shaded the fawk out of Plies lawd :tea: messy!!!!! I'm here for it... atleast until 8:00 pm

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      sassyshe says:

      @jenie that’s what he said – he elevated her to his status.

      Hell that's what we all witnessed ... :tea: her account is even verified down there at the twittah ... folks wouldn't know if wasn't for CB ... CB put her on the map.... You can blame yaself for that Bruh !!! He better hope that chick ain't pregnant, cause she will take him to the bank..... some fool will snag her.... these black celebrity men are straight up dumb azzes... :no:

    • lovezoe

      I hate this CB/KT mess. Think they both were I love at one point. Almost all girls dated a man who had another chick. Chicks stay with a dude who suck up all their kool-aid, electricity, etc., so I won't call her out for studying with a dude who enhanced her life. That fame will change you. Everyone in this messy triangle need to grow up and learn aboyt self-love. It's clear CB IS hurt by this and so is she.

    • Blanche Devereaux

      @jenie what did he say about Plies?

    • missyJ

      Tyler Perry surrogate erm girlfren had they baby.... Now I gotta IG the CBreezy drama

    • sassyshe

      My fav Menes from this whole mess is the one where they put cb head on some dude with a sign that says drake bring our girls back and the one with rih on the phone with a big from saying girl didn't I tell you drake can put it down way better than cb lame arse. :hahaha: I'm living for this ish

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Plies said if you tell your females business just when ya mad you a fawk nigga :popcorn: chile CB responded if no one listen to your music anymore your career is dead (blood) :eek: Chile messy :popcorn:

    • lovezoe

      Plies may not be on your radio, but he be getting booked. Hit dogs holler.

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Nobody is checking for plies :no: hoodboogers maybe never liked plies music... He right though with his comments :yes: Chris could have kept that 3 some shyt

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      KrispyKreme still a Leech!

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Bye :bye:

    • Blanche Devereaux

      Plies did a sold out show in my city a couple months ago....he might not be on your radio but he's definitely booked. Breezy is just mad that he was right.

    • lovezoe

      Seen like everybody got an issue with Kenya or Cynthia.

    • sassyshe

      lovezoe says:

      Seen like everybody got an issue with Kenya or Cynthia.
      Kenya was hired to have a problem with everyone. Cynthia is creating issues to remain relevant and have a job, bish got shook last season when Andy was auditioning replacements live on air like a game of hot potato

    • Unshakable


      I am sorry to hear that situation about you and your sister. However, there comes a point in life when you have to put your needs first and take care of YOU. I respect you so much for that and wish that sometimes I could be more assertive like that. I have to work on that.....I can be too much of a people pleaser sometimes......

      then like Luvie said, you be bout to have a heart attack because everybody getting what they want EXCEPT YOU. So my hats off to you......and that's true too.....can't let nobody, and I mean nobody check you about how you are raising YOUR CHILD. That's a smooth cool NO MA'AM. You live life on your terms and do what works best for YOU and YOUR FAMILY. Love ya babes! :hug:

    • Blanche Devereaux

      Thank you Unshake :hugs: I tried I mean I REALLY tried to give her the benefit of the doubt BC I know she is struggling with her own mental/emotional demons but it is hard enough for me to keep my head above water during the winter months that I just can't welcome that behavior in my life. She's evil frfr and the more I thought about our runins this past year the more confident i felt in my decision. Don't tell me how I need to do this or that with my kids but you don't help :nono: being assertive is hard BC I really love my family but my life has to be in perfect balance if I want to avoid spazzing and if you knock off that balance you gotta go :nun:

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Blanche I don't know what's going on... But that is your sister... Sometimes you have to love from afar... Not for them but for you... Long as u do the right thing :yes: don't let her take u there Blanche my pookie :kiss: that devil busy ...

    • luVn_liFe…

      :yawn: MORNING Jenie! You early today babes.

      EVERYBODY ELSE W.A.K.E.U.P.! :nino:

      Pres.Obama is speaking about all the protesting on BET Tonight.

    • VDot

      Maaannnn listen. That CB, Drake and Kantgetright situation has brought me so much joy. They all been acting SO lightskin :rofl: CB is a bish for telling all of their business, but I thank him for the entertainment it provided. Drake? :rofl: :rofl: That nigga has no couth. Like my boo Charlagmange said, nigga out here snatching up anything associated with his enemies - main dishes, side dishes, appetizers, desserts, anything :rofl:

      My favorite memes:

      *DRAKE stands for

      *hits :blunt: * So did Drake smash both Chris Brown's bishes...Or did Karrueche fukk both of Rhianna's niggas? :rofl: :rofl:

    • VDot

      Oh and Ray J's manager is saying he walked in on the studio to Young Berg doing homosex activity with a teenager :blink: :blink:

      Let me finish getting ready for work. Good Morning :hi: