Acid reflux syndrome

What Are The Signs Of Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux Symptoms

 

Signs of acid reflux are the classic burping, acid indigestion, heartburn symptoms.

It’s nothing new as some of the antacid manufacturers would have you believe on television commercials.

 

 

 

It is no secret acid reflux is caused by over-eating especially certain fatty foods such as fried chicken.

Eventually occasional indigestion becomes chronic indigestion and that’s when acid reflux starts to rear its ugly head more often.

If you feel tired after eating, if you have trouble sleeping and eating near bedtime only to wake up tired and hungry, you are a prime candidate for acid reflux.

 

The Signs Of Acid Reflux Are Obviously

* Fatigue

* Burping

* Feeling of being “full”

 

Actually, I should say a feeling of being very full, you know what I mean, “Uncomfortably full.”

Many people are surprised to learn of the manufacturers of antacids and acid reflux tricks have painted a false picture of what is actually acid reflux.

More commonly, acid reflux is the result of acid indigestion prompted by a continuing lack of stomach acid.

Yes, that is right a stomach acid deficiency is the most common sign of acid reflux.

The reason you feel completely tired and burp a lot is because there is more undigested food that overwhelms your digestive system. Naturally this will cause your stomach to make more digestive acids to digest food.

Signs Of Acid Reflux

Except for the sad fact that because there are usually undigested food from previous meals (some more than a day old) cells of acid are bled dry and there is no  stomach acid left to offer.

This happens because the pancreas is working too hard as well as the liver and gallbladder having to do this again and again, year after year. So you’re tired and miserable. Acid reflux is a sign that your body is slow and sluggish from food instead of giving you energy.

The most obvious sign that acid reflux is a deficiency of stomach acid would be if that “feeling of  fullness” remains for long periods of time.

Another sign of acid reflux is a burning sensation that accompanies the burping. At this point it does not matter what you eat because nothing is being digested properly. This is a sign that you need to add enzymes, minerals and probiotics to your diet quickly, as it is the mainstays of stomach acid.

The pancreas usually supplies the enzymes to break down food. The problem is that after years of eating cooked and processed foods they no longer contain important enzymes and nutrition in them. This is a catch 22 situation because without enzymes and in your food, their lack of pancreatic cells and mineral nutrients for the production of enzymes for the pancreas to make.

Therefore, acid reflux can be a sign of his pancreas and other parts are on taxes and have nothing to offer. Once this happens this is a sign of acid reflux as the stomach inevitably creates random sporadic bursts of bile salts and stomach acid in a desperate attempt to dissolve all literally rotting food in your gut.

A further sign of acid reflux is bad breath from all the stale food rotting in your intestines. There are many signs of acid reflux…and all are bad signs…Signs that you have ignored the root cause of acid reflux for too long.I Cured My Acid Relfux

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Stomach Acid Reflux

Stomach acid reflux is a condition in which acids and the liquid contents of the stomach leaks into the throat or esophagus.

There are several causes of acid reflex or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as it is medically known..Such as food, dietary intake that is high in salts and fats, stress, alterations in the esophagus, pregnancy, hiatal hernia and gastroparesis.

Here are the symptoms of acid reflux disease of the stomach – followed by the different ways to treat it.

Symptoms Of  Stomach Acid Reflux

Acid reflux of stomach produces a series of symptoms in adults and children. The most common symptom of acid reflux is experienced by most adults with this condition is a pain in the chest. You may feel heartburn or chest tightness in the present.

Besides this, some other symptoms of stomach acid reflux include difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach swelling, sore throat, harsh, sour taste in the mouth and sometimes even coughing.

Read more about the symptoms of acid reflux disease.

 

The Treatment Of Acid Reflux

Acid reflux medications

The most widely used Stomach acid reflux drug is antacids. Antacids help in reducing stomach content acids, but they do not cure the inflammation of the esophagus that occurs due to acid reflux. The effects of antacids are very short term acid reflux relief and in no way do they treat acid reflux completely.

Antacids can also cause certain side effects in a person, such as constipation and diarrhea, so their intake should be limited. blockers H-2-receptor are another over-the-counter drugs, which shut down production of acid in the stomach, thereby reducing the symptoms of stomach acid reflux. Read more about natural home remedies for acid reflux.


To cure stomach acid reflux, certain lifestyle and dietary changes have to be done.  The person in this condition should avoid overeating, and the best way to accomplish this is to eat five to six small meals a day instead of three large meals.

After eating the food, the person should not lie down immediately as it can lead to indigestion. Below is a list of foods to be included in the GERD diet, followed by foods that should be avoided with this condition.  You’ll need to put together a stomach acid reflux diet.

Acid Reflux: Foods You Can Eat

Vegetables like broccoli, beans, peas, carrots and cabbage should be included in the diet. Whole foods such as cereals, crackers, rice and bread to help neutralize stomach acids and therefore are safe to eat in this condition.

Fruits like papaya, pineapple, bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and raspberries should be part of the diet of stomach acid reflex. Chicken and fish, less fat can also be eaten. Beverages such as herbal tea, water and mineral water should be included in the diet.

Acid Reflux: Foods to Avoid

Foods that are high in fat, too spicy, greasy or that contain lots of refined sugars should be avoided in the diet of the person suffering from stomach acid reflux. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, can cause heartburn so it should also be avoided.

Junk food such as pizza, French fries, cookies, ice cream and hamburgers, not to be eaten. Alcohol, tea, coffee, soft drinks, chocolate and some fruit juices such as orange juice and lemon juice should not be included in the diet.I Cured My Acid Relfux

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Gastroesophageal – Acid Reflux

The term gastro esophageal reflux in the esophagus indicates the rise of what is contained in the gastric cavity (stomach), this eventuality is very frequent and almost daily in most subjects even in the absence of pain.

The gastro esophageal reflux is mainly caused by the conjunction of several causes:  a prolonged stagnation of food in the stomach which empties too slowly.

The failure of the “cardia” also called the lower esophageal sphincter “or” LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter ) and the malfunctioning of peristalsis (movement of muscle contraction of the esophagus with subsequent waves) coordinated through the acts of swallowing during ingestion of food.

The cardiac muscle is a function of the “valve” that is located at the end of the esophagus and “gateway” of the stomach.
The failure or incomplete functioning of the cardia causes the gastric contents, acid sometimes associated with pancreatic juice and bile reflux into the esophagus.

The longer the acid content of the stomach remains in contact with the mucus lining of the esophagus ( several hours during sleep at night), the more severe the injuries that this contact will produce in the mucosa of the esophagus. Giving rise to different grades of esophagitis (inflammation of the lining of the esophagus).

The gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the gastro esophageal reflux is more prolonged and more episodes are not infrequent, but very often throughout the course of 24 hours, especially after a big meal in overweight people

 

Symptomatology


The symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux is characterized by frequent heartburn with regurgitation of gastric acid contents,  sometimes up to the mouth.  Regurgitation during the night may cause the inhalation of gastric contents into the trachea, resulting in episodes of tracheitis, pharyngitis or chronic inflammation of the vocal cords.

These acid reflux symptoms are added to the burning reportedly behind the breastbone which can also radiate to the back between the shoulder blades.  Painful swallowing (odynophagia) caused by the passage of food on the inflamed esophageal mucosa, dysphagia (difficulty in passage of food along the route of ‘esophagus as a result of narrowing of the lumen due to ulcer healing after a severe esophagitis).

Pain in the cardia (the entrance of the stomach) caused by the presence of lesions including ulcerative, the last stretch of the mucosa’ esophagus which can lead to cellular changes in the esophageal called “Barrett’s esophagus.”

 

The Role Of Diet And Lifestyle


One simple way of eating is important to both prevent and treat gastroesophageal reflux disease.

First Rule -  Eat Slowly

The first digestion it is known to occur in the mouth and this is true not only because saliva contains a chemical with digestive properties, but also because the grinding of food during chewing ease gastric activity.

Eating a sandwich hastily swallowing whole chunks promotes acid reflux as food resides for a longer time the stomach.  For this reason it is essential that chewing very slowly and having a diet that contains four or five small meals rather than one or two big daily meals.

 

What Foods?


 

One of the first thoughts to arise in the mind of a person who complains about heartburn symptoms is the type of food eaten during the last meal.  It must be two distinct types of foods that if present in the diet may promote gastroesophageal reflux.

Food that is slow in leaving the stomach increases the chance of encountering a rise of acid juices.  As we have seen, to prevent acid reflux it is important that the stomach empties quickly.

Consequently in the presence of acid reflux disease, the diet must be low in all those foods that increase the survival of the food in the stomach ( fatty foods such as cheese, chocolate, sausages and fries).

The fizzy drinks and chewing gum used directly or indirectly increase the amount of air in the gastric pouch. The presence of these gases increases the pressure inside the stomach facilitating the ascent to the top of gastric contents.

Foods that have intrinsic irritant (white wine, vinegar, alcohol, liquor, juice, tomato or citrus).  These foods and we should also add to list – tea, coffee, cocoa and foods or drinks that contain and promote acid production in the stomach.

 

What Promotes Gastroesophageal Reflux? 


The meals -Foods high in fat, especially if boiled, fried or sauteed.  Obesity and being overweight. Some special foods can trigger heartburn – such as coffee, tea, mint, alcohol and chocolate.  In the presence of symptoms acid reflux disease – As well as taking care of your diet it is very important to stop smoking.

 

Getting Control Of Acid Reflux With Diet

 

Avoid heavy meals, especially in the evening
Do not use too much fatty foods, alcohol and coffee
Avoid lying down immediately after eating.

What about milk?  Milk, being an alkaline food has an immediate positive effect because its basicity is to counter (stop) the acidity of the reflux.  Milk, especially whole however is also rich in fats and proteins that increase the acidity of gastric and slow down emptying of the stomach.

Milk has a beneficial effect, but especially if you overdo it with the amount -  after the initial relief,  it can cause a rapid return of heartburn symptoms.

 

Further Acid Reflux Diet Advice

 

Drink more fluids to protect the esophagus from stomach acid mossy.

Stop smoking:  Smoking promotes acid reflux, increases gastric acidity and makes it more susceptible to acid attacks to the lining of the stomach.

Do not abuse of some drugs:  Such as NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, some sedatives and tranquilizers, etc.).. It is recommended in all cases to notify your doctor of use, so he can check for compatibility with the disease and find possibly more healthy alternatives, than acid reflux medications.

A walk may be helpful

Avoid movements that increase abdominal pressure (flexion of the trunk) and the clothes that are too tight
Raising the headboard of the bed 10-15 cm during the night

 

Overweight

Increased intra-abdominal pressure pushing against the walls of the stomach promotes the return of gastric contents.  Such pressure may increase in physiological situations such as pregnancy or completely in case of obesity and those overweight.

And stress?

Especially in recent years, a bit ‘like the mother of all evils when it comes to diseases of the digestive system, stress is always called into question.. In the presence of gastroesophageal reflux disease that is found that anxiety and anger, for example may exacerbate the symptoms of the acid reflux disease.  Its very unlikely that stress is the direct cause of the appearance of acid reflux.

And at night?

Heartburn at night is particularly disturbing since it tends to last a long time.  This burning is often caused by incontinence of the cardiac valve that favors the rise of acid into the esophagus where they irritate the mucous membranes.  In addition to the diet, it can be helpful in such cases to raise the upward position the mattress so that gravity can hinder the ascent of the acids.

 

Recommended Acid Reflux Foods

 

Fruit
• Apple
• Apple Juice
• Banana • Banana

Vegetables
• Baked potatoes
• Broccoli
• Cabbage
• Carrots
• Beans
• Peas
Carne Meat
• Lean Beef Extra Lean
• lean steak
• Chicken breast without skin
• Egg whites
• Fish without added fat

Dairy products
• Cheese, feta or goat cheese
• Cream cheese, fat-free
• sour cream, fat free
• Soy cheese, low fat

Miscellaneous
• wheat bread or white
• Cereal, bran or oatmeal
• Corn bread
• Rice
• rice cakes

Drink
• Mineral Water

Sweets / Desserts
• Biscotti, fat-free
• Licorice

 

Acid Reflux Foods To Avoid

 

Fruit
• Orange juice
• Lemon
• Lemonade
• Grapefruit juice
• Cranberry juice
• Tomato

Vegetables
• Mashed potatoes
• Potato Chips
• Onion

Carne Meat
• Beef fat
• Chicken nuggets

Dairy
• sour cream
• Milk shake
• Gelato
• Cottage Cheese

Miscellaneous
• Macaroni and cheese
• Spaghetti sauce

Drink
• Liquor
• Wine
• Coffee
Tea

Fats / Oils

• Condiments fat
• Oil and vinegar
• Biscuits with butter fat

Sweets / Desserts
• Brownie
• Chocolate
• Doughnut
• potatoes maize
• ChipsI Cured My Acid Relfux

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Help With Heartburn Stomach Acid Reflux

The Function of Gastric Acid…

Stomach acid is a very strong acid.  Its task is to digest the food and make germs from the food harmless.. The stomach acid does not digests the surrounding body tissue of the stomach wall because its lined with a protective layer.

The openings of the stomach to the esophagus and the duodenum are sealed with sphincters.. At the end of the esophagus, a muscular ring or valve called a sphincter allows food to enter the stomach and then squeezes shut to keep food or fluid from flowing back up into the esophagus. The stomach muscles churn and mix the food with acids and enzymes, breaking it into much smaller, digestible pieces

These muscles make sure that the chyme from the esophagus into the stomach and the stomach into the small intestine flows, not vice versa.

The stomach acid is produced mainly in the gastric mucosa at night and then stored.  During the day they will be used as needed.  How much acid is released depends on many factors..

Complaints of Stomach Acid Reflux

Normally, this ingenious system works properly. But sometimes, food, beverages and medicines, and diseases related complaints cause the stomach acid reflux disease..

The symptoms of heartburn and stomach problems are very similar and often difficult to distinguish.  Since the stomach is bound by food and thus lose its aggressiveness, the symptoms usually occur until two hours after eating and at night.

Heartburn (acid reflux): Everybody knows the symptoms of  heartburn, that burning pain in the chest.  If the sphincter between the stomach and the esophagus does not function optimally, gastric acid  from the stomach flows back into the esophagus and irritates the unprotected mucous membrane.  When gastric juice flows back into the mouth it is called acid indigestion. Heartburn usually occurs about two hours after meals or when bending over and lying down.

Heartburn itself is not a disease but a complaint associated with various diseases.  Occasional heartburn is harmless.  However, if it occurs several times per week, the stomach acid is corrosive to delicate lining of the esophagus. . The result can be an inflammation of the esophagus (reflux esophagitis).  In chronic recurrent esophageal inflammation there is a risk that affected mucosal cells degenerate and a esophageal cancer develops.

Stomach: The stomach itself is protected from the action of stomach acid.  It contain substances such as prostaglandins, which absorb the acidity effect. Stomach problems occur when the protective factors are diminished or the acid is excessive. Then the aggressive stomach acid can also irritates the stomach wall.

( Gastritis ) A slight irritation of the gastric mucosa causes a stomach inflammation, that will quickly disappear as a rule.  During continuous stimulation, the inflammation can also be  chronic ( chronic gastritis ). Over time it can result in a wound in the mucosa, a stomach ulcer, gastric ulcer) to develop. Here too there is a risk that mucosal cells degenerate and to gastric cancer develop.

The diagnosis is made only when other diseases can be excluded.  The symptoms of acid reflux disease are very diverse.  Sometimes heartburn and regurgitation are at the forefront, while other patients suffer more from bloating, flatulence and nausea.

 

Causes of Acid Reflux and Heartburn

In many cases there are no known causes for the tendency for heartburn.  However, acid reflux diet or  one of the following reasons support the heartburn:

* Coffee, alcohol and nicotine, large meals (especially at night), fatty foods, spicy and fried foods, citrus fruits, fruit juices, onions, chocolate and tomatoes can cause symptoms of acid reflux.
* Stress and poor eating habits, such as hasty gulping of food.
* Overweight and pregnant women often suffer from heartburn, since the larger body mass presses on the stomach.
* Constipation , bloating, increased gastric acid production, or delayed gastric emptying.
* Some medications can be a side effect of  causing the esophagus sphincter to relax.
* Organic causes such as relaxation of the sphincter or a slipped stomach wall.

Stomach discomfort usually include the following factors:

* Alcohol, nicotine or greasy and spicy foods increase the acidity effect.
* Long-term use of painkillers from the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (eg acetylsalicylic acid, paracetamol)  They inhibit the formation of protective prostaglandins.
* For gastric ulcers almost always bacterium Helicobacter pylori is found.

When You Need A Doctor

Occasional heartburn is harmless and can be treated with acid reflux home remedies or nonprescription medications. If  however, you suffer from acid reflux disease more than twice per week or at plagued at night,  you should consult a doctor. He’ll decides whether a more thorough investigation such as an gastroscopy (endoscopy) is required. You also have to clarify the causes of acid reflux  indigestion and heartburn with the following acid reflux symptoms:

* Severe pain
* Anorexia
* Weight loss
* Nausea and vomiting with blood
* Bloody or black stool stained
* Blutverlust Pallor and fatigue as a sign of iron deficiency through blood loss

Medicines for stomach acid reflux

The goal of acid reflux treatment is to let heal the inflammation or ulcers of the stomach and esophagus. This is achieved by intercepting the action of stomach acid.  There are different methods to accomplish this.

Inhibit The Acid Reflux Symptoms:

* Antacids neutralize stomach acid.  Good for the temporary use and in part also suitable for pregnant women. Longer-lasting effect and show the active ingredients Aluminiumhydroxit Magnesiumhydroxit.  Since antacids bind directly to the acid in the stomach, take the medication when symptoms occur,  usually two hours after meals and at night. Gels, suspensions or chewable tablets generally show better effects than standard pills or tablets. Take antacids  basically a about two hours away from other drugs because they can reduce their effectiveness.

* H2-antihistamines occupy the points of attack of histamine, a key chemical messenger in the formation and release of stomach acid.. Since the formation of stomach acid occurs mainly at night, taking them at night is especially important. Sometimes you have to take an additional dose during the day.  For a short-term application of a maximum of six days, some H2-receptor are available without prescription.

* Proton pump inhibitors block the formation of an enzyme, the influx of stomach acid into the stomach interior is responsible.  Since the enzyme is produced mainly in the morning, proton pump inhibitors are taken in the morning. They are used in severe discomfort and are sometimes available with a  prescription.

The motion of the stomach and intestines improve – prokinetics stimulate movements (peristalsis) of the stomach and intestines and to ensure that the acid from the stomach is removed quickly and the function of the esophageal sphincter is improved. They are used for nausea and vomiting.

Helicobacter pylori eradicated: If stomach ulcer or gastritis (gastritis) of the germ Helicobacter pylori detected at one, he can be with eradication therapy to eradicate. This refers to a multi-day treatment with a proton pump inhibitor and two antibiotics.  It is extremely important that the pills are taken consistently, because the ulcer would not otherwise be eradicated and the treatment would be therefore useless. The risk of cancer after treatment  from a stomach ulcer decreases significantly.

Flatulence remedy – many stomach complaints are accompanied by bloating and flatulence. You can use the commercially available drugs for treatment.  There are also a number of medicinal plants that are suitable for the treatment of these complaints. They are taken as drops or made into a  tea. The best known are mixtures of fennel, anise and cumin.

 

What You Can Do Yourself


If You Are Prone To Heartburn or Indigestion You Should Consider The Following Things:

* Avoid rich and fatty meals, especially in the evening. Eat several small rather high-fiber snacks.
* Avoid stress and excitement.
* Try to reduce your coffee consumption.
* Avoid too much alcohol.
* Try to restrict smoking.


Apply These Tips for Heartburn:

* Heartburn occurs especially at night because of stomach acid flowing back into the esophagus via the horizontal position of the upper body during sleep.  If you have problems at night with heartburn, you should  raise the upper body.. Use an extra pillow or place  a couple of books under the headboard.
* Avoid rich and fatty meals, especially immediately before bedtime.
* The stomach acid is bound by food. Therefore, the discomfort often felt between meals. Eat a slice of bread or biscuit and drink a glass of milk.
* Try to lose a  few pounds  if you are overweight.I Cured My Acid Relfux

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Heartburn, Stomach Acid Reflux and Esophageal Catarrh

What is Stomach Acid Reflux and Heartburn?

Gastro-oesophageal reflux is the term for when the acidic stomach contents slides up into the esophagus. Most people feel at one time or another stomach acid reflux in the form of acid reflux or heartburn. Recurring stomach acid reflux disease is a frequent disorder.

What is the pharyngeal-catarrh?

Pharyngeal-catarrh, the mucous inflammation that sometimes occurs at the bottom of the esophagus caused by repeated cases of stomach acid reflux.

hiatal hernia can in severe cases is complicated with a wound that may rarely bleed or give chronic anemia.

In rare cases hiatal hernia is complicated by the formation of scar tissue, leading to narrowing of the esophagus.

What is hiatus hernia?
A hiatal hernia is a condition in which a portion of the stomach pushes up abnormally through an opening in the diaphragm, a sheet of muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. Hiatal hernia is also called a hiatus hernia. The lower part of esophagus remains open instead of normally being closed.

 

Why Stomach Acid Runs Up Into The Esophagus?


Passing through this portion of the esophagus is a hole in the muscle plate, called the diaphragm.  Between the stomach and esophagus is the lower esophageal sphincter so in this manner the system functions as a kind of one-way valve.

If this one-way valve is not functioning properly, stomach acid is able to slide up the esophagus. This tendency is increased if the stomach contains a lot of gastric juice or food, or if there is also something that clamps onto the stomach.

 

How Do You Feel Stomach Acid Reflux?

 

* Aching, burning or stinging sensation in the diaphragm, behind the sternum or throat.
* Some acid reflux that reaches the throat and mouth.
* Individuals have instances of shortness of breath and hoarseness due to pronounced backflow of acidic stomach contents that bothers the throat and airways.


What Can You Do To Prevent Acid Reflux?

 

In many cases there is no known cause for acid reflux disease, but in some cases, one or more of the following factors can contributed.

* By  being overweight you press the fat in the abdominal cavity  and the stomach together. This has increased pressure inside the stomach.  Stomach contents will tend to be pushed up into the esophagus. Weight loss reduces the tendency for stomach acid reflux.
* The risk of stomach acid reflux increases, the more the stomach is filled with food. The risk will be increased with large, especially fatty meals where the food is in the stomach for a longer period of time before it passes on to the intestine.   Chocolate, peppermint, coffee and alcohol, especially inhibits the lower esophageal sphincter function.
* Avoid overeating to reduce the risk of stomach acid reflux.   If you have constipation, there is an increased tendency for stomach acid reflux.
* Smoking cessation may also reduce the risk of stomach acid reflux.
* When you lie down, the tendency for stomach acid reflux is aggravated by gravity. This can be remedied by using an extra pillow or putting a few books under the bed legs at the headboard.
* If the symptoms of stomach acid reflux are rare, for example, less than five days per month, you can use the-counter acid reflux medication from the pharmacy.

 

How Does A Doctor Diagnose Gastro-esophageal Reflux and Esophageal Catarrh?


Acid reflux symptoms can be so obvious that one can immediately make the diagnosis just by talking to the patient.

Where there is doubt about the diagnosis, or there are frequent or very bothersome symptoms,  a Gastroscopy should be performed.  Gastroscopy is an examination of the inside of the gullet, stomach and duodenum. It is performed by using a thin, flexible fibre-optic instrument that is passed through the mouth and allows the doctor to see whether there is any damage to the lining of the oesophagus (gullet) or stomach, and whether there are any ulcers in the stomach or duodenum.

Occasionally, the cause of indigestion is an ulcer and it is now known that many ulcers are due to bacterial infection in the stomach.

A biopsy (a small piece of the lining of the stomach) may be removed during an endoscopy and examined under the microscope in the laboratory to pinpoint an infection.

One can also detect acidity at the bottom of the esophagus during a 24 hour period with portable equipment.  In this way one can assess the number and duration of episodes of stomach acid reflux.

Finally, one can assess esophageal sphincter by measuring the pressure in the esophagus with a method called Oesophageal Manometry.

The symptoms of stomach acid reflux can be confused with peptic ulcers , heart pain (angina pectoris), muscle pain, back pain, constipation , irritable bowel syndrome , gallstones and pancreatic disease, and more.  Sometimes it is also necessary to investigate these conditions.

How does the doctor treat stomach acid reflux,  heartburn and esophageal catarrh?

The main acid reflux disease treatment is medicine. Using acid-inhibiting drugs will be effectively and safely able to prevent symptoms and complications of acid reflux in most cases.I Cured My Acid Relfux

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What Is Acid Reflux And Heartburn?

Heartburn and acid reflux is something that many know about.

Heartburn and acid reflux is due to an upset stomach – reflux of stomach acid to the esophagus.  In the stomach,  gastric acid forms which is necessary for us to digest food, but excess stomach acid can also cause heartburn.

Heartburn is an unpleasant stinging or burning sensation behind the breastbone, spreading up the neck. When the acid comes up to throat and mouth,  the acid can be tasted, it is called acid reflux. It can be annoying, but is usually not serious.

Causes of Heartburn

Heartburn, belching and pain in the upper stomach is often caused by irritation due to stomach acid flowing up into the esophagus.  Often the pain appears when you are hungry. The acid reflux symptoms are  worse after a meal when there is food in the stomach.  Especially after larger meals and alcohol intake.

When traveling  you’ll often eat very strong spicy food, or too much rich food and may consume too much alcohol and coffee, which can cause  heartburn and acid reflux.  Pregnant and overweight people often have problems with heartburn.  The Esophagus Sphincter prevents stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus and throat.  The Sphincter is weakened with age – consequently, many older people have problems with heartburn and may need acid reflux medications

Treatment of Heartburn

If you rarely get heartburn or acid reflux - such as when traveling – (and your symptoms are mild) you can relieve discomfort with antacids. They come as chewable tablets or in liquid form. These antacids typically works for only1-3 hours, but they have a strong and fast soothing effect and can therefore help the discomfort right away.

If you have heartburn or acid reflux  more often and if your symptoms remain mild, you could try the so-called H2 blockers , which are also available over the counter. They work by inhibiting gastric acid secretion. H2-receptor blockers are generally safe, although they can cause nausea and constipation or diarrhea, and in rare cases, such problems as dizziness, sleeplessness, and heart arrhythmia.  They are available over-the-counter and by prescription.

In some severe cases, it may be necessary to use proton pump inhibitors. They work by inhibiting an enzyme that pumps acid out of some cells in the stomach. They have a stronger and longer lasting effect than H2 blockers. Proton pump inhibitors are available over the counter, but if you need high strength, you’ll need to have a prescription.

If these acid reflux treatments have not helped after 2-4 weeks, you should seek medical attention.

Tips

You can do several things to prevent heartburn and acid reflux disease.

You Can:

* large, fatty meals
* Eat5-6 small meals instead of 3 large
* lose weight if you are overweight
* avoid eating and drinking the things you have experience in providing heartburn
* reduce your alcohol, coffee and tobacco consumption
* avoid clothing which tightens the stomach
* Avoid bending over, stooping instead
* Avoid lifting heavy things
* Sleep with the bed head raised approx. 15-20 cm 15-20 cm
* Avoid certain drugs that bothers your stomach, for example drugs with acetylsalicylic acid, ibuprofen and similar
* Avoid the hustle and bustle, if it wont give you heartburn


Danger Signals

 

In some cases, heartburn and acid regurgitation can be signs of a serious illness.

Contact a  doctor if:

*  Heartburn and acid reflux does not disappear within 2-4 weeks of treatment with OTC medications
*  You have daily symptoms for more than 3 weeks
*  You have difficulty swallowing
*  You have genes from physical activity
*  You suspect your medication to give heartburn and acid regurgitation
*  Your stools are bloody, black or slimy
*  You often have vomiting
*  You have pain in my stomach for over 1 week
*  You get sharp pains in my stomach
*  You lose inexplicably
*  You are over 45 years, and this is the first time you get symptoms.


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What Is Exactly Is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux (also known as GERD or heartburn) is a common condition – about 60 million Americans experience it at least once a month.

For some, acid reflux is a temporary phenomenon experienced only when eating too much, or eating a particular type of food – (spicy foods).

But for many others, acid reflux disease can be a painful and persistent condition. Acid reflux occurs when the lower oesophageal sphincter (that normally closes after swallowing to prevent stomach contents from escaping) malfunctions and allows stomach acid to travel up the esophagus. When this happens, a painful sensation is felt.

What are the symptoms of acid reflux

The symptoms of acid reflux are – A Burning painful sensation in the chest and / or acid regurgitation than in the mouth. Some patients even develop nausea although this is less common. Often called heartburn, the pain should not be mistaken for that associated with a true heart attack or heart failure which is accompanied by tension and pounding in the chest, weakness and feeling weak.

What are the treatments for acid reflux?

Fortunately there are many treatments available for acid reflux. Antacids are usually the first port of call for many people who suffer from acid reflux. Mainly for short-term and infrequent attacks of acid reflux, these provide much needed temporary relief..

However for a long term solution to acid reflux, antacids are not advisable and alternatives should be sought. Any victim of regular acid reflux should keep a diary of everything they eat and drink.  Over time, patterns can be established and many people report elimination or reduction of acid reflux symptoms after changing their acid reflux diet to eliminate the problematic food or drink.

If dietary changes has little or no effect, then there are several over the counter and prescription drugs that are available. PPIs, or inhibitors of the proton pump, is often prescribed.. They work by inhibiting the production of stomach acid that causes acid reflux. They have relatively limited side effects. The H2 blockers are a diverse family of drugs that have the same effect but work in a different way.

For the vast majority of victims of long-term acid reflux disease, PPIs and H2 blockers are a successful drug therapy.. Some people, however, cannot respond to treatment with PPIs and H2 blockers and their only option are more radical drugs known as promotility agents. Unfortunately, these can have very serious side effects and therefore are rarely prescribed.

Lastly, for those who fail to respond to drug treatment, or simply want an alternative to the daily inconvenience of taking drugs, surgery is an option. New techniques are constantly being developed, some of which include procedures such as Enteryx procedure, Your doctor can give you more advice on these options of acid reflux disease surgery.I Cured My Acid Relfux

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Acid Reflux and GERD

Acid Reflux and GERD Treatment

 

Acid reflux and GERD disease is the abnormal “backups” of fluid in the stomach into the esophagus. Bearing in mind that your stomach is producing acid and digestive juices used for digestion, this may lead to a sense of very painful burning. And eventually, if left untreated, this can become a serious problem as the acid can cause inflammation and damage to the lining of the esophagus.

This occurs as a result of a valve at the entrance to the stomach, the sphincter lower esophageal or LES does not work correctly. Normally, this valve will close as soon as food passes through it. However, if the LES does not close completely or open too often, the stomach acid comes up into the esophagus, causing burning sensation known as heartburn.

 

Acid Reflux and GERD Symptoms

 

Almost everyone has problems with Acid Reflux and GERD occasionally, but usually is inconsequential without sequelae or damage to the esophagus. But keep in mind that GERD is a chronic disease, and if the problem becomes more frequent and more severe, it can be severe. In some of the worst cases, acid reflux can lead to scarring of the esophagus and difficulty swallowing, even at the risk of esophageal cancer.

Acid Reflux and GERD

The point is that you must pay attention if symptoms persist and or worsen – It simply wiil not go away without treatment. And even after the esophagus has a bit of healing after a period without any problems, it is expected that the symptoms will return.

Acid Reflux and GERD Symptoms

Some of the most common Acid Reflux and GERD symptoms are heartburn, or burning feeling rising from the stomach into the chest or throat, and regurgitation, and increase food and acid into the throat or mouth. The additional symptoms monitoring may include chest pain related, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness – even to dental problems, or food often “get stuck in the throat of a narrowing of the esophagus.

Although acid reflux can affect almost everyone, there are some people who are more likely to suffer from this. The people who smoke, drink too much or are obese are included in this group. But many women have problems with acid reflux when pregnant, and then find that the problem does not persist after delivery.

Acid Reflux and GERD Treatments

Acid Reflux and GERD symptoms can be very painful, and get to the point where it is considered as GERD and may need treatment. However, often can be controlled with relative ease through prescription or nonprescription drugs, or even a change in lifestyle and control of the things they are doing that are causing the problem. For example, in many cases, the reason is their diet, there are certain foods that are known to trigger symptoms, such as alcohol, pepper, caffeine, garlic sauce, red, and citrus. As you reduce or eliminate foods like these, you may find that your acid reflux will not be a big problem.

Acid Reflux and GERD Diet

 

Along with a change in diet, a number of other things that can cause acid reflux disease that you can change. Other causes for acid reflux that can be controlled include: overeating, especially lying down after eating , smoking, taking aspirin or ibuprofen, overweight or obesity and eating near bedtime.

So don’t ignore a persistent acid reflux problem, it can become more and more serious…Its not going to disappears by itself. Start with a change in diet and lifestyle.

But if it does not control your acid reflux disease, then it’s time to see your doctor for medical purposes, or for tests to determine the cause of Acid Reflux and GERD problems and advise with other heartburn treatments.I Cured My Acid Relfux

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