A 36-year-old morbidly obese female comes to the office with a chief complaint of burning in my chest and a funny taste in my mouth
A 36-year-old morbidly obese female comes to the office with a chief complaint of “burning in my chest and a funny taste in my mouth”. The symptoms have been present for years but patient states she had been treating the symptoms with antacid tablets which helped until the last 4 or 5 weeks. She never saw a healthcare provider for that. She says the symptoms get worse at night when she is lying down and has had to sleep with 2 pillows. She says she has started coughing at night which has been interfering with her sleep. She denies palpitations, shortness of breath, or nausea.
PMH-HTN, venous stasis ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis of knees, morbid obesity (BMI 48 kg/m2)
Family history-non contributary
Medications-amlodipine 10 mg po qd, dicyclomine 20 mg po, ibuprofen 600 mg po q 6 hr prn
Social hx- 15 pack/year history of smoking, occasional alcohol use, denies vaping
The health care provider diagnoses the patient with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The client asks the APRN what causes GERD. What is the APRN’s best response?