Gastroesophageal Reflux or GERD is a digestive disorder that affects the LES, or the muscle ring that sits between the stomach and the oesophagus. While many pregnant women go through this condition, it is also believed to be caused by hiatal hernia for some patients. The most common symptoms of this condition include heartburn and excess acid indigestion.
HOW IS GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DIAGNOSED?
Gastro esophageal reflux, also referred to as GERD has many symptoms. The main symptoms of GERD are heartburn, an acid taste in mouth and regurgitation. People suffering from GERD may also have sharp pain in the middle of their chest, upper abdomen or even up their neck.
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?
GERD literally pushes the food and acids the wrong way upwards through the stomach rather down into the digestive system.