Sunday, March 8, 2009

Acid Reflux Syndrome aka Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Acid reflux syndrome is also known as GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease). This is a disease and should be treated by someone who specializes in this disorder. What happens is the acid in the stomach backs up into the esophagus, the tube that connects the stomach and throat. The acids from the stomach do not always make their way back into stomach and linger in the lower part of the esophagus, causing a discomfort which leads to heartburn or the feeling of nausea. If the acid reflux syndrome is ignored, it could lead to damage in the esophagus. Most of the time, the acid or undigested food will make its way up the esophagus and into ones mouth, which can be very distasteful.

What happens if we ignore Acid Reflux Syndrome?

Let's face it. Many of us have experienced acid reflux, dealt with it and have forgotten about it. Many of us suffer occasionally from it, which is OK to ignore, as long as it happens infrequently. Those who suffer from these symptoms on a regular basis, need to seek immediate attention. If we choose to ignore it, acid reflux syndrome can result in serious complications.

Acid reflux syndrome, if untreated, may develop into complications such as erosive esophagitis, esophageal stricture (a narrowing or obstruction of the esophagus), ulceration or Barrett's esophagus. Due to the chronic inflammation it could result in esophageal cancer.

What are the symptoms of Acid Reflux Syndrome?

Pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen.
Fullness in the stomach.
persistent hiccups.
Nausea after eating.
Chronic Sore Throat.
Trouble Swallowing.

Who Can Suffer From Acid Reflux Syndrome?

Acid reflux syndrome can happen to anyone. Race, age and sex does not matter. People who are overweight, vomit frequently, have scleroderma (hardening in the skin or organs) or who are pregnant are at risk.

How do I prevent Acid Reflux Syndrome?

I am not selling any remedies or offering any deals here. This is for informational purposes only. Your health is important to you and your family. If you suspect you suffer from acid reflux syndrome, please consult your physician immediately. Do not put this off. Seek help right away. Acid Reflux Syndrome left untreated could result in long term damage as stated above. Good luck and let me know if this was any help to you!