Symptoms for Gastroesophageal Reflux or GERD, commonly known as heartburn, include severe cough, chest pain and a burning sensation just under the breastbone or in the upper abdomen. Other symptoms may include an acid taste in the mouth and regurgitation.
HOW IS GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DIAGNOSED?
The gastroenterologist may order one of the following tests to diagnose GERD: 1. pH monitoring test 2. Esophageal manometry 3. Biopsy 4. Esophageal Impedance Monitoring 5. Endoscopy 6. Barium swallow
HOW IS GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX TREATED?
GERD can be efficiently treated by a gastroenterologist through medications. Certain small measures such as not eating anything 2-3 hours before retiring for the night; eating slowly; not over eating; losing a little weight and avoiding nicotine and alcohol go a long way in controlling GERD can also be helpful.
DID YOU KNOW?
Caffeine, chocolates, onions, citrus juices and fruits, peppermint, tomatoes, onions and spicy and high fat food are common triggers for GERD.