Friday, February 3, 2012

Things You Ought To Recognize Concerning Acid Reflux 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

One of the complications is GERD or Gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD happens when reflux is frequent and more severe. The stomach valve does not work properly. It allows acid to reflux up into your throat at times. Frequent heartburn is a major symptom of GERD. Difficulty in swallowing and frequent coughing can also happen. Food may feel like it is stuck in the throat on occasion.

Causes of GERD

Overweight people are more prone to GERD. Pregnant women may also develop it. Smokers also have a higher risk. Another reason for GERD is hiatal hernia. A hernia develops above the stomach in the diaphragm. The protrusion allows acid to enter the esophagus on some occasions. It is one of the causes of reflux that causes you pain. This condition is quite common. Most of them are non-serious. The risk seems to increase with age.

Severe Cases

Most people with GERD can lead a normal life. It can however develop into a condition called Barrett's esophagus. It is brought about by chronic untreated GERD. After a while, the esophageal cells may try to protect themselves. They try to emulate stomach lining cells. In some cases, complications can develop. Ulcers of the esophagus and narrowing may occur. In rare instances cancer could develop. It is important for people with Barrett's esophagus to see a doctor regularly. Symptoms may be similar to GERD. Diagnostic testing is the only way to know for sure if you have it.


Eat smaller and more frequent meals is advised. Do not overeat. Wear loose fitting clothing. Losing weight can help to lessen symptoms in many instances. Not eating before going to bed is also recommended. When you sleep, try to elevate your head. For minor cases, you can take antacids. For more severe, there are prescription drugs available. In some cases, surgery may be needed, but that is usually rare.

In Closing

Heartburn is when acid has splashed where it is not supposed to be, the esophagus. It is also referred to as acid reflux. It causes pain and discomfort. Chronic heartburn is more serious and should be treated by a physician, as complications can develop.