If you haven’t suffered with it, chances are someone close to you has experienced Acid Reflux GERD. Frequently known as heartburn, this is a condition in which the acid in the stomach backs up into the esophagus.
This can cause temporary discomfort, easily relieved for some all the way up to extreme pain and can cause esophagitis (damage to the throat). So, how do you know if this is what you are suffering with, and what can you do to relieve symptoms of acid reflux GERD?
SIGNS /SYMPTOMS of GERD
GERD is a chronic condition, so it is more serious than occasional heartburn. While some patients experience symptoms less often, an effective treatment needs to be found to help the problem. To find out if you are suffering from acid reflux GERD, you may experience pain in the middle of the chest, spreading into the neck. Some sufferers mistake it for a heart attack the pain can be so intense. This pain can last two or more hours.
The onset of gerd generally happens after eating, and lying down can make it worse. Other symptoms include acid regurgitating into your mouth, a bitter taste, and a dry cough / hoarseness in the morning. Children with acid reflux gerd may experience vomiting and other respiratory problems.
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Severe cases of acid reflux may need the attention of a doctor, but there are some simple steps that you can take at home to alleviate the symptoms or avoid the onset of reflux. Once you have suffered through a bout of acid reflux, the adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure will become your mantra when eating.
Since the stomach can only handle a certain amount of food, eating smaller meals more often instead of one huge meal will help the stomach acid break food down at a reasonable rate instead of being forced up. Don’t lie down right after eating, and avoid eating late at night. As an added measure of help, raise the foot of the bed by six to eight inches with blocks to aid gravity in acid reflux relief.
Greasy and acidic food will trigger attacks. Don’t eat cream or tomato based foods, fatty fried things, chocolate or caffeine. Mints are also known to be problematic, as well as smoking and alcohol. Find out what your specific triggers are and avoid those foods, or be prepared with an antacid nearby.
Taken ahead of time, antacids neutralize the acid in the stomach. Best taken every few days, these will help with heartburn, but can cause side effects over a long period of time. Gaviscon, Maalox, Mylanta, and Tums are the popular brands.
A second type of antacid, known as H-2 blocker, also help with heartburn by preventing acid production. Tagament, Pepcid, and Zantac fall into this category. These work best one hour before meals, since they don’t affect acid already in the stomach, just the new production of acid.
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If you suffer from severe acid reflux GERD and trying these steps at home does not relieve symptoms, your doctor can help. There are more invasive ways to treat your symptoms, and your doctor can determine if there is any damage or if surgery is necessary. Good luck in finding relief!