Important Information About GERD Symptoms

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GERD is also known as Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease, and it happens when stomach acid flows backwards into the esophagus. Generally, GERD symptoms will occur when the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus undergoes alterations, such as a loosening of the stomach opening (also called the esophageal sphincter).

Another prime cause of GERD symptoms is hiatal hernia, which happens when esophageal reflexes don’t function as they should. People who suffer from GERD experience one main symptom, which is heartburn. However, there are secondary GERD symptoms, including damage to the lining of the esophagus, which may be quite serious.

How to Stop the Pain of GERD Symptoms

Antacids are probably the simplest way to stop GERD symptoms, so choosing to “pop” an over-the-counter antacid that effectively neutralizes your stomach acid will be a solid treatment strategy that works well for many GERD sufferers.

However, occasionally, antacids will trigger unpleasant side effects, including gastrointestinal upset. For example, the magnesium found in certain brands of OTC antacids may cause diarrhea. Conversely, formulas that include aluminum may provoke bouts of troublesome constipation.

Tums and Alka-Seltzer are famous antacids that may be purchased almost anywhere that over-the-counter medications are found (such as grocery stores and drug stores). In addition, time-honored cure-alls, such as liquid Milk of Magnesia, will offer near-instant relief to GERD sufferers. Today, modern formulations, such as Gaviscon and Mylanta, are also gaining in popularity.

The advantage of these old-school and newfangled formulas is that they work very quickly. However, the cost of taking these over-the-counter medications regularly, which most GERD sufferers will need to do, is definitely a drawback.

Conquer GERD Symptoms by Changing Your Daily Diet and Lifestyle

If over-the-counter medications aren’t your preferred method of dealing with your GERD symptoms, it may be time to consider a more natural approach. By tacking your GERD symptoms via changes in lifestyle and diet, you’ll access treatment that doesn’t cost a single penny or cause unwanted side effects.

For many GERD sufferers, eating smaller meals more frequently is the key to controlling GERD and to experiencing less discomfort on a daily (and nightly) basis. In addition, staying away from certain “trigger” foods, such as greasy and spicy fare, is a great way to minimize the effects of this annoying and unpleasant health condition.

Certain beverages, such as coffee and alcoholic drinks, should be eschewed during natural GERD treatment. However, to keep the benefits coming, you’ll need to stick with these dietary adjustments over the long term. While it’s tough to give up all of the “good stuff”, it’s a great way to stop GERD attacks before they start.

In addition, losing weight and letting go of any bad habits, such as smoking or a sedentary lifestyle, may be very beneficial natural treatments for GERD. Eating a clean diet, staying hydrated with pure water, and avoiding toxins will assist you in reducing the worst symptoms of your health condition, so do make an effort to live out the sort of healthy lifestyle that is best for you.

Talk about GERD Symptoms with Your Family Doctor

Sometimes, over-the-counter formulas and prescription medications (or changes in lifestyle) are not enough to eradicate or minimize GERD symptoms. After all, everyone is different, so every person reacts to medications and lifestyle adjustments in their own way.

For those with persistent symptoms that don’t respond to the treatments that we’ve discussed here, prescription medications or surgery may be options. That’s why it’s so important to consult with your general physician if GERD symptoms are adversely affecting your quality of life. Prescription medications for GERD include acid-neutralizing formulas, such as Pepcid or Prilosec.

As another, more permanent solution for GERD side effects, surgery (typically, a procedure known as fundoplication is used) may be worthwhile. The treatment option that is chosen will depend on a range of variables, such as a patient’s age, medical record, and family medical history.

Now that you know more about GERD symptoms and all of the ways that they may be managed, you’ll be ready to address your health issues in a sensible, educated, and organized fashion. In some cases, trying out the treatment suggestions listed here may be the key to experiencing fewer symptoms and to protecting the delicate inner lining of your esophagus from long-term damage.

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments/Reviews

  • Bram says:

    I was absolutely in a hurry to get this book, bsuacee GERD is for me a big issue. I literally had to change my eating habits (for example, I don’t eat a big dinner nor do I eat after 6:30pm.) This problem is shared by many people, a lot of them women, and many other health issues (thyroid problems, asthma, and obesity) are associated with acid reflux disease or GERD. It isn’t healthy you can get throat problems and it sure is a pain. Sometimes there are no symptoms save hoarseness in the morning, but it’s no less a health concern.The book is comprehensive but easy to read. The author goes over the symptoms and causes of GERD (and you should see your physician about this for me, it was my allergist who told ME I had it, then I noticed the symptoms later.) He goes over the various pharmaceutical treatments, but all of them have pros and cons. Better if you can control GERD naturally by diet and weight management. I agree.The book also has food advice and recipes and this is helpful. I had to learn by trial and error for example, he mentions spaghetti and meatballs as a trigger. No kidding! I limited pasta to lunchtime for a while, and NOW I cannot even eat pasta at lunch instant fireball in the stomach. The author also warns about foods with modified food starch, a common ingredient used as a thickener that can trigger GERD. The recipes feature high fiber and ingredients that are less likely to trigger GERD so you have a place to start, some ideas to make meals that are more stomach-friendly. And at the risk of sounding like a killjoy, Rodriguez recommends cutting down on alcohol and smoking. I know from experience that even a glass of wine, too late in the evening, is like drinking a blowtorch. Good news however; by limiting alcohol, you may easily lose weight.The recipes have a Cuban flavor, or else a Mediterranean twist. Beans are featured. I confess to a prejudice toward beans and Latin American cooking, so I was more than delighted to see more black bean recipes but ones that don’t necessarily involve a lot of rice, which, you guessed it, is not great for GERD. Yes, he includes the classic Spanish homey favorite, arroz con pollo (chicken with flavored rice) and some interesting ideas, like chickpea crepes. Desserts tend to the high fiber (quinoa or polenta) with fruit. I have never used quinoa for desserts, but there are many porridge and fruit-based desserts I like, so these seemed interesting and possibly healthful as well. Rodriguez points out that sweets irritate GERD, so dessert is, like Cookie Monster says, a sometime thing. A treat, not a habit. And Rodriguez points out that you should make your plate at mealtimes contain a majority of fibrous carb foods, that is to say, vegetables, which will not only control your GERD but help you maintain or lose weight.If you have GERD, this is a useful reference, a guide and a good cookbook, too.

    • Ebrahim says:

      I have a 13 month old without mviooatitn to eat what could be wrong?My 13 month old daughter has had eating struggles for months we have gone to the pediatrician, which then led to a Dysphagia Clinic and feeding therapy, which led to a diagnosis of Silent Reflux (she has been on Prevacid for three weeks with no change in eating patterns) and potentially Delayed Gastric Emptying (yet to be confirmed). She is seeing an allergist in a month and has an appointment with a pediatric GI in two months (which was the SOONEST available appointment with a specialist within three hours of our home). She presently takes in 20-24 ounces of purees (she cannot chew, which is why she is going to the Dysphagic Clinic) but only with loads of distractions in front of her (like a dvd player the therapist RECOMMENDED this, saying I have to do what is needed to get calories into her as her percentiles have dropped from the 95th to the 50th in weight over the last few months). She is still breastfed (she possibly has milk and soy allergies which is why she is seeing the allergist) and nurses about 6 times in a 24 hour period (only about 3-4 ounces at a session, I guesstimate). She also eats some dry foods cheerios, breads, Gerber snacks, etc. She is getting enough nutrition/calories but it is all my doing, none of it is motivated by her own appetite (except the few dry foods and nursings). She is NEVER hungry for solids. The doctor has no idea what could be wrong. Her newborn screenings were all normal, her iron levels were fine, her lead screen was fine, her CBC was fine. Any ideas on what else I should be pursuing? What can I possibly do that I am not already (feeding therapist, allergist, pediatric GI are ALL scheduled already)???Thanks so much for any advice it also helps to hear if anyone else has experienced this Also: She is developmentally normal in all other areas began walking at 10 months. Her fine motors skills, speech and language, everything else is ahead of schedule. She is active and playful, as well. And usually happy . except when it comes to mealtimes.

  • Ryoko says:

    I am not a doctor, so eehitr way you will want to talk to them, but this is what I have to say as a long time sufferer of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.)! Three part answer information, what not to do, and what to do!INFORMATION!!!!!!I have a very severe case of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.). I have had to go to the hospital for some of the heartburn that I have had because the pain can become overwhelming or your breathing can be effected. It can be caused by Smoking, Drinking Beverages with caffeine (My case), Drinking Beverages with Alcohol, or can be HereditaryThe good thing about G.E.R.D. is that it can be a temporary thing and can be cured. It is never a permit thing even if you end up with it for the rest of your life it has the ability to be cured.WHAT NOT TO DO!!!!!!!!In most cases, stress is a factor to the reflux if you watch what you eat and reduce some of the stress it will help. If you watch what you eat for about a week you should find relief, if you do not then that is when you definitely what to listen to the doctor. Things to watch for are as follows:Fatty FoodsCitrus FoodsFoods That Contain GreaseFried FoodsChocolate (including any Coco)CaffeineSmokingAlcoholTomato Based ProductsLactoseWHAT TO DO!!!!The two foods that I recommend is Black strap Molasses and Raw honey. The apple is better for night time reflux while these will work for just about all of it. What you will do is take about a tsp. of whatever one you chose. Molasses being the better because of strength and nutrition, but must be use to the taste. What the substance will do is stick to the sides of the esophagus and do two things, one is heal and the other is protect.On the healing end, both substances have a healing property in them, and as they sit on the walls of the esophagus they will heal it. This is also helpful if you have a sore throat in the morning from refluxing.On the protection end, both substances are high in sugar and when acid that is refluxed comes up to that the sugar will neutralize it and it will not longer be a problem at that point. I would also look to putting Cinnamon in you diet, it has been know to help with digestion and will help you reduce the amount of acid needed to brake down food, therefore causing you to reflux less.VA:F [1.9.8_1114]please wait…VA:F [1.9.8_1114](from 0 votes)

  • Rafael says:

    acid reflux is relaly a cover for something else that is wrong with you and if you get to the bottom of the problem it is more than likely to go away.If I had just told the doctor that I was suffering from an acid stomach, HELP!, the type 2 diabetes would not have been discovered til much much later when it had done a heckofa lot more damage to my nerves, blood vessels, heart and more.What I am saying is go see the doctor for a complete physical with blood draws to see what is actually wrong. Don’t self diagnose!!VA:F [1.9.8_1114]please wait…VA:F [1.9.8_1114](from 0 votes)

    • Megan says:

      two year old and 6 week old bath and bedtime help?I have a 23 month old girl and a 5 week Boy (who I beielve is suffering from Reflux (silent getting him checked out on Monday) had a c-section and husband works away during the week. Been pretty tough!I have been racking my brain as to how to do wind-down and bedtime. Big problem is my newborn doesn’t like laying down or being left for that matter so he’s in the sling a lot.Another huge problem is that my little girls bedroom is right next to ours and you have to walk through hers to get to ours. I have been trying to put my little boy to bed in my room before I put my little girl to bed but this doesn’t seem to work. If I keep my little boy downstairs with me he is so sensitive I am virtually in the dark and TV has barely any sound (selfishly I got some great girlie DVD’s I really want to watch)I have been putting my little girl to bed at 7pm is this too early? Maybe I should keep her up for an extra 30mins which will give me some time to get little boy to sleep what do you think?Also, not sure my little girl will sit quietly on her own while I put little boy to bed she always comes to find us and then starts getting excited and winds little boy up. I have always sat with my little girl when she has her bottle and we’ve had cuddles really don’t want to stop that stuck in the middle!

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