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GERD seems to be a very popular diagnosis any more. Not that it isn't correct, but we just live in a very fast world. You asked why this happens at night, Well, when you eat the food of course goes down your esophagus and into your stomach and is starting the digestion process. When you lay down, somtimes your stomach acid will flow back up your throat, thus cause a burning sensation in your throat and chest. There are a variety of meds out there on the market some prescription, some over the counter that will take care of the problem. It won't cure it persay, but it will ease the pain and keep the stomach acid where it is supposed to.

Now many people might try pillow or head of bed elevation with the meds. Some drink milk, don't eat after a certain time at night and so on. You need to find what works best for you and keep any and all appointments with your docs so that they can monitor your GERD and tweek medications as needed.

While GERD is not"curable", it is something that you can live with. As for GERD being a Lupus illness only, there are many people that have GERD and do not have Lupus. I am not sure what is going on with you health wise, then by all means speak to your doctor and and voice your concerns and get checked out. It is always better to be cautious and have things checked than to ignore health problems.

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