Living with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

LIVING WITH GERD

“Your health is at the end of the fork”

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or “Reflux” is a condition where stomach acid and sometimes duodenal juices reflux back into the esophagus causing the familiar burning sensation in the mid-chest. Sometimes this does not cause any symptoms leading to the so-called “silent reflux”. Some uncommon symptoms include hoarseness, asthma, and dental problems. If left untreated for several years, it can lead to strictures and cancers in the esophagus.

Certain conditions and habits predispose individuals to develop GERD. These include obesity, certain autoimmune diseases like scleroderma, eating late at night or too close to bedtime, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and long-standing diabetes.

Preventing GERD involves:

Treatment modalities:

Author
Chimezie C. Amanambu, M.D.

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