GERD Symptoms

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GERD Symptoms - When to Seek Medical Help

Since you're reading this, you must be concerned about the dangers of incessant heartburn.

Here’s the best piece of advice anyone can give you:

  1. Turn off your computer.
  2. Gather your things.
  3. Head out the door.
  4. See your doctor - today!
On the other hand, if you're worried about a your spouse, child, or baby, Get whomever you’re worried about to the doctor ASAP.

If you think I’m being over dramatic, check out the dangers of untreated GERD - You don’t want to procrastinate or take any chances when it comes to your health or the health of a loved one.

To clarify your thinking, you need to know the difference between GERD and heartburn, as well as all the GERD Symptoms.


What are the GERD symptoms?

Here are the symptoms to look for:

  • Heartburn twice a week or more
  • Nighttime heartburn interferes with your lifestyle by lowering your daytime efficiency.
  • Chest pain. This may be a dull, heavy discomfort that spreads across the chest. This is probably heartburn, but it may be signs of a heart attack (see the topic under Acid Reflux Symptoms).
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • A feeling that you have something stuck in your throat.
  • A persistent cough.
  • Continuously having to swallow extra saliva (this is called water brash).
  • Frequent Nausea.
  • Sudden weight loss and/or diminished appetite.
  • Frequent bouts of diarrhea.
  • Your stools are black or bloody.
  • Troublesome sore throat, hoarseness or laryngitis.
Bottom line?

If you cut through all the medical information you can find on the web, one single fact emerges:

Acid is escaping from your stomach and attacking your esophagus.

And there is only one thing that can cause GERD Symptoms, and that's a defective lower esophageal sphincter (LES).

As described in the above video, the food pipe or esophagus is a muscular tube extending from the throat to the stomach. There is a ring of muscle surrounding the pipe where it joins the stomach. This is called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).

Mother Nature designed the LES to keep digestive acids from backing up into the esophagus and injuring it. In a healthy person the acids are kept at bay by the sphincter opening and closing, allowing food to pass through without acid escaping upwards.

In a GERD patient, the LES is defective, and this deficiency is often augmented by a hiatus hernia.

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Other Causes and Treatment

A number of factors may cause GERD. Apart from lifestyle changes and adopting a sensible diet, there are a variety of medications and procedures that can ease GERD symptoms before lifestyle changes kick in.

For example, your digestive system may be producing too much acid. If this is the case, your doctor may recommend the temporary use of acid suppressants such as histamine-2 (H2) blockers or proton pump inhibitors (PPI's).

Once a balance has been restored, you should stop using PPI's - they can produce some nasty side effects.

There are a number of natural remedies that will allow you to taper off and finally quit this dangerous medication altogether.

If you have GERD, the problem with the LES could be augmented by one of three conditions:

  1. Sclerderma.
  2. Mixed connective tissue disease.
  3. Or as mentioned above, a hiatus hernia.
Of the three, a hiatus hernia is the most likely culprit and the easiest to correct. Non-evasive treatment usually helps, and this allows your system time to recover via the natural healing process.

In extreme cases, a surgical procedure such as the Nissen fundoplication may be called for.

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