Friday, January 20, 2012

Acid Reflux Concerns? Things You Have To Be Familiar With by Andy Guides Jr

Your digestive system does an amazing job for you, most of the time. However, there are instances when it can turn on you. If you eat too much or consume the wrong thing, it will talk to you. Often that will happen in the middle of the night. It will tell you that acid has splashed into your esophagus, from your stomach. This is called acid reflux. Your brain will receive pain signals and pass them on to you. You will feel burning in your chest. Your throat will burn. You may have a bitter taste in your mouth. Your stomach may hurt. You will be miserable. If this happens every now and then it is no big deal. If it occurs often, something serious may be happening. Here are some things to know.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

When your heartburn happens all the time it may be Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. When heartburn becomes chronic it can cause other symptoms. Frequent coughing and difficulty in swallowing can happen. There is a sphincter muscle that is supposed to keep acid in the stomach. For some reason it will splash into the esophagus causing pain. This muscle does not work properly. Some causes are unknown and others are known.

Causes of GERD

Some reasons are unknown. It is known that pregnancy and smoking can cause this condition. Obesity is another reason. Hiatal hernia is a common cause of frequent heartburn. In this condition the stomach extends through the diaphragm, allowing acid to leak. Hiatal hernias are quite common. The older you get, the better the chance it will develop. Most of these hernias are not considered a serious condition.


Barrett's esophagus can develop in some cases of long term GERD. It is caused by repeated invasion of acid into the esophagus. Esophagus cells change in order to protect themselves from the acid. Symptoms may be worse than those of GERD. In some cases they may not be as severe. Barrett's esophagus can lead to ulcers and narrowing of the esophagus. In some cases, the narrowing may be severe. Cancer may also develop. Regular doctor treatment is vital. Only clinical testing can tell you if you have this condition.

Dealing With Reflux

If your problem is minor, over the counter antacid pills may be a good option. If you have GERD or worse conditions, you should see a doctor. There are prescription medicines available to you. Other options like surgery are not usually required. There are some things you can do to help. Sleep with your head raised. Eat smaller meals. Do not stuff yourself. Eating before bedtime is not recommended. Avoid bending over when possible. Do not wear tight fitting clothes.

Final Thoughts

Not all acid reflux should be a concern. There are steps you can take to feel better. If it is chronic, see a doctor. It could be indication of something severe. If it is severe, there are treatment options available to you.