Also known as Acid Reflux, the Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that affects the digestive system, especially the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES). Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. Many people with GERD say that it feels that their food is coming back to their mouth, leaving an acidic taste.
HOW IS GERD DIAGNOSED?
Your general physician may diagnose the condition based on the frequency of your heartburn. Ambulatory acid (pH) probe tests are used to measure the amount of acid in the oesophagus.
HOW IS GERD TREATED?
For the milder versions of GERD the GP or the Gastroenterologist may just prescribe the normal antacids to bright down the acids present in the esophagus, but based on the test reports, the level of treatment can be enhanced by including H-2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors. In rare cases surgical procedure might also have to be adopted to treat GERD.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pregnant women most commonly suffer from GERD in their earlier phases. However, this is a problem that can affect individuals of all age groups and if not treated this may become chronic.