When you burp and some vomit comes up with it. Ewww
This definition from the urban dictionary sounds awful, but in reality, 12% of doctor visits are for stomach-related issues. About 30% of adults will experience acid reflux on a monthly basis and about 10% will experience it on a daily or weekly basis.
What Is GERD?
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is often recognized by heartburn or acid reflux. Reflux is the backward flow of the stomach contents up the esophagus and sometimes out the mouth. The esophagus is a long tube that carries food and liquids from your mouth to your stomach. At the lower end of the esophagus, a valve called the lower esophageal sphincter opens when you swallow to let food and liquids into your stomach, and then closes again to keep stomach contents in their place.
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When this doesn’t function properly it allows stomach contents including hydrochloric acid to back up into the esophagus. This causes pain and damage. People with long standing chronic heartburn are at greater risk for complications including stricture or a potentially pre-cancerous disease that involves a cellular change in the esophagus called Barrett’s esophagus.
Other GERD symptoms may include:
•Difficulty or pain when swallowing
•Waterbrash (sudden excess of saliva)
•Dysphagia (the sensation of food sticking in the esophagus)
•Chronic sore throat
•Inflammation of the gums
•Erosion of the enamel of the teeth
•Chronic irritation in the throat
•Hoarseness in the morning
•A sour taste
Treatment Options For GERD
Treatment options include lifestyle modifications, medications, surgery, or a combination of methods. Over-the-counter preparations provide only temporary symptom relief. If needed regularly, for more than two weeks, consult a physician for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Celebrating GERD Awareness Week:
- Watch and track those things that irritate or make your heartburn or reflux more frequent
- Maintaining an upright posture until the meal is digested may prevent the heartburn
- Sleep with your head raised to prevent the acid from backing up
- Don’t lie down within 3 hours of eating
- Eat smaller meals to put less pressure on the stomach
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!
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