Acid Reflux Disease and GERD
Is acid Reflux Disease Dangerous?
Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux disease, and of course there’s that vile taste in the back of the throat after burping...
Because we are constantly bombard us with ads extolling the benefits of this or that ‘miracle’ heartburn remedy, it’s not surprising that millions of victims simply shrug the disease off, thinking it can't be that serious...
But it can!
We all get heartburn at one time or another. It’s an annoying inconvenience, but it’s a fact of life.
Besides, eating is fun!
A while ago I went to a wedding, and there was about an acre of irresistible mouth-watering goodies spread out on a dozen tables.
I got stuck in like a starving 'Survivor' contestant with two pairs of hands.
I knew I’d probably pay for it later, but then I thought, what the heck! There's always a number of acid reflux medicines I can use if necessary.
A couple of 'Tums' or a mouthful of XYZ miracle heartburn cure, and I'd be fine...
Or so the ads would have us believe.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
What if it's GERD?
Here's the truth:
Stomach acid is a wonder chemical capable of dissolving just about anything -- bone, glass, even razor blades!
In fact, without it you'd starve to death.
But watch out if it gets loose! It can turn into a rampaging beast from Hell capable if slowly torturing you to death!
Especially if you have GERD. Then, my friend, you're really in for the high jump!
The clinical description says it all:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease has plagued humanity for centuries.
From the beginning of time, medicine men, shamans, and later, scientists, doctors, homeopaths and natural healers, have developed many very effective GERD remedies.
Unfortunately, one size does not fit all.
Although we've listed a lot of tried and tested solutions (see Table of Contents), it would be extremely difficult to cover all the bases on a single website.
As a result, many sufferers engage in a relentless Internet hunt for more effective remedies, and this is where interactive websites and forums, such as our own Pay It Forward section, play an important part.
Can GERD Kill You?
Common acid reflux disease (or heartburn) is a relatively mild ailment.
However, if you have GERD, it is classified as a chronic disease.
Whatever you care to call it, this condition could lead to serious complications. if it isn't accurately diagnosed and treated.
When to See a Doctor
If you routinely get heartburn twice a week or more, change your lifestyle. If that doesn't help and the symptoms persist, see your doctor right away.
Rest assured, the majority of people suffer the consequences of acid reflux from time to time, so relax! Having the occasional bout of heartburn does not necessarily mean that you have GERD.
By the same token, not every GERD victim gets heartburn on a regular basis, so I'd advise you to look up all the Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease symptoms, just in case (click on the Table of Contents link at the top of the page).
Is There a Cure for GERD?
Once you know what causes acid reflux, you’ll be better prepared to tackle the disease.
We’ll show you how to isolate your personal causes of heartburn, such as lifelong habits, heartburn triggers and food allergies. And then we’ll give you a step-by-step way of tackling the problem.
While there are some very effective acid reflux medicines, such as Proton Pump Inhibitors, we advise you to approach these with caution.
If your doctor prescribes a PPI for your acid reflux disease, the chances are it will be Nexium. regardless of the brand, don't use PPI's longer than the recommended 8 weeks as indicated on the package insert - see nexium side effects.
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