Saturday, May 2, 2015

Gerd gastroesophageal reflux disease treatment - Treatment for gerd symptoms

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux is a chronic disease that occurs when stomach contents flow back (reflux) into the food pipe (esophagus). It is usually caused by failure of the muscle valve (called the lower esophageal sphincter) between the stomach and the esophagus to close properly. The backwash of stomach acid irritates the lining of the lower esophagus and causes the symptom of heartburn.

What are the symptoms of GERD?

Common symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease are heartburn and/or acid regurgitation. Heartburn is a burning sensation felt behind the breast bone that occurs when stomach contents irritate the normal lining of the esophagus. Acid regurgitation is the sensation of stomach fluid coming up through the chest and sometimes into the mouth. Less common symptoms that may also be associated with gastroesophageal reflux include unexplained chest pain, wheezing, sore throat and cough, among others. If the GERD is severe, you might experience trouble swallowing which is a symptom that should be evaluated by a gastroenterologist.

Is there a specific diet that will help with symptoms of GERD?

There is no specific diet that will prevent all symptoms of GERD. One way to identify reflux-related “trigger” foods is through a food diary. Writing down the foods you eat, the time of day and any symptoms may help you recognize triggers so that you can change your diet and hopefully reduce symptoms.
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