Every person experiences heartburn once in a while. However, when the heartburn occurs too often, it means that the person probably has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The disease happens when the acid goes up in the oesophagus because the lower oesophageal sphincter cannot close in the right way.
That’s what causes the burning sensation. Approximately 20% of Americans have GERD.
It can cause a very painful and unpleasant feeling that makes you uncomfortable and not being able to eat properly.
Therefore, if you have this disease you should definitely seek medical attention.
GERD is most often caused by an abnormality in the stomach which is called a hiatal hernia. That’s when the upper part of the stomach lets the acid go up and causes the burning sensation.
HOWEVER, THERE ARE OTHER CULPRITS OF GERD, SUCH AS:
- Excess weight or obesity
- Drinking carbonated drinks, alcohol, tea or coffee
- Consumption of foods such as tomatoes, garlic, onions, citrus fruits, chocolate, mint, or spicy or fatty foods
- Eating large meals
- Lying down after eating or bending over at the waist
- Eating before bedtime
- Certain medications, such as blood pressure medications, ibuprofen, aspirin, or muscle relaxers.
- The most common symptoms are regurgitation and heartburn.
- Regurgitation is a sour, or bitter tasting acid that goes up to the mouth or the throat. Heartburn is a burning sensation that goes from the stomach to the chest or the throat.
YOU CAN ALSO EXPERIENCE OTHER SYMPTOMS, SUCH AS:
- Bloody or black stools
- Bloody vomiting
- Wheezing, dry cough, hoarseness or a constant sore throat
- Unexplainable weight loss
If you think you often have the symptoms we described above you should definitely see a doctor so you can get a proper diagnose and a proper treatment.
HERE ARE FEW SIMPLE RULES FOR TREATING GERD:
- Eat at least three hours before bedtime.
- Quit smoking.
- Do not sleep, lie down, or bend over right after a meal.
- Raise your head when you sleep.
- Don’t wear tight belts.
- Lose weight if you’re overweight.
- Avoid trigger foods, such as onions, spicy foods, citrus fruits, carbonated beverages, tomatoes, chocolate, fatty or fried foods, alcohol, peppermint, and coffee.
- Avoid large or fatty meals.