GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a common problem, although if left untreated, or if certain lifestyle modifications are not made to correct it, it could develop into a much more severe problem. Symptoms of GERD vary, although the most common are heartburn, and pain in the chest that is usually accompanied by the same burning sensation associated with heartburn.
It is extremely important, however, that chest pain symptoms not be ignored or quickly dismissed as heartburn, because pain in the chest is also associated with a more severe condition like heart attack.
If you experience symptoms that are accompanied with shortness of breath, and pain in the area of the jaw or in the arm, then it’s best to consult a doctor immediately.
When GERD occurs, the acids in the stomach lining come up from the depths and splash into the food pipe. And those acids irritate the lining of the esophagus.
Now acid reflux is very common, and everyone will likely experience at least one instance of it in their lifetime. GERD, however, are acid reflux symptoms that occur weekly.
Mild GERD is when minor symptoms of acid reflux occur twice-weekly, and severe GERD is severe acid reflux symptoms that occur once-weekly.
The discomfort of GERD can be managed with lifestyle changes, and, in certain cases, over the counter medications (There are, however, long-term problems associated with regular use of antacids, and before a person begins a course of antacid medication, even those purchased over-the-counter, it’s best to consult with a doctor or dietician).
Oftentimes, GERD is a sign of needed lifestyle changes (GERD can also happen during pregnancy, and the symptoms usually go away when the baby is born). Dietary changes are important to the treatment of GERD. Oftentimes acid reflux symptoms are associated with spicy foods, fatty and overly-processed foods, and sugary or alcoholic drinks; these are all likely candidates for acid reflux.
But sometimes it’s one food or drink that can trigger the symptoms. Other times, GERD is a sign of weight gain and inactivity, and weight loss and regular exercise along with dietary changes can alleviate the symptoms.
GERD can also be a sign of stress, and a trip to the spa at Central Wellness could be just the cure. And if you would like to speak with the medical professionals at Central Wellness about lifestyle change, then call today.