ACID REFLUX Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Gastroesophageal reflux disease ger D occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach esophagus this backwash acid reflux can irritate the lining of your esophagus many people experience acid reflux from time to time ger D is mild acid reflux that occurs at least twice a week or moderate to severe acid reflux that occurs at least once a week most people can manage the discomfort of ger D with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications but some people with ger D may need stronger medications or surgery to ease symptoms symptoms common signs and symptoms of Gerda include a burning sensation in your chest heartburn usually after eating which might be worse at night chest pain difficulty swallowing regurgitation of food or sour liquid sensation of a lump in your throat if you have nighttime acid reflux you might also experience chronic cough laryngitis new or worsening asthma disrupted sleep causes ger D is caused by frequent acid reflux when you swallow a circular band of muscle around the bottom of your esophagus lower esophageal sphincter relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow into your stomach then the sphincter closes again if the sphincter relaxes abnormally or weakens stomach acid can flow back up into your esophagus this constant backwash of acid irritates the lining of your esophagus often causing it to become inflamed treatments your doctor is likely to recommend that you first try lifestyle modifications and over-the-counter medications if you don't experience relief within a few weeks your doctor might recommend prescription medication or surgery over-the-counter medications the options include antacids that neutralize stomach acid medications to reduce acid production medications that block acid production and heal Lisa Figgis prescription medications prescription strength treatments for gerda include prescription strength h2 receptor blockers prescription strength proton pump inhibitors medication to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter surgery and other procedures ger deacon usually be controlled with medication but if medications don't help or you wish to avoid long-term medication use your doctor might recommend fundoplication the surgeon wraps the top of your stomach around the lower esophageal sphincter to tighten the muscle and prevent reflux fundoplication is usually done with a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure the rapping of the top part of the stomach can be partial or complete links device a ring of tiny magnetic beads is wrapped around the junction of the stomach and esophagus the magnetic attraction between the beads is strong enough to keep the junction close to refluxing acid but weak enough to allow food to pass through the links device can be implanted using minimally invasive surgery every individual needs unique treatment and care we encourage people with acid reflux gastroesophageal reflux disease and their families to learn as much as possible about the latest medical treatment and approaches as well as healthy lifestyle choices stay strong live long thank you

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