Acid Reflux: Symptoms and Treatments
Acid Reflux Diet
What Is Acid Reflux?
Acid Reflux is a condition where acid comes up from your stomach and into your esophagus.
The acid in your esophagus causes you to have heartburn, a hoarse voice, a cough and a feeling that something is stuck in your throat.
Acid Reflux could be mild and only need an antacid when you feel the symptoms or it could get very serious if the acid eats away at your esophagus and requires surgery.
I recently found out I had acid reflux.
The Doctors and I are still determining how severe the acid reflux is and how much damage it has done to my esophagus.
I have had Sinusitis and Asthma related symptoms due to my acid reflux.
I have done tons of research and have talked to many Specialists to learn more about acid reflux.
Burning In Your Chest Is One Symptom Of Acid Reflux
Acid Reflux Causes
There are many different reasons a person could develop acid reflux: Here is a list:
- Pregnancy ( I was going through Tums like they were Tic-Tacs while I was pregnant!)
- Stomach abnormalities (like hiatal hernias)
- Spicy Foods
- Citrus Foods
- Carbonated beverages
- Being overweight
- Lying down after a meal. You should be upright at least 30 minutes after you finish eating anything.
- Acidy foods
- Chron's disease
- Iron pills
- Some Asthma medicine
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Acid Reflux Medications
- Prilosec - This is the Acid reflux medication I am on. It works very well, but I have noticed some weight gain with it. The Doctor's and nurses have told me that I need to stay on it for four full months to see the full benefits of the medication. My voice came back and I am coughing less when I lie down at night! I have been on Prilosec for 2.5 months so far.
- Prevacid - Prevacid is a lot like Prilosec. It helps to reduce acid in the stomach and to repair any damage that has been done to the esophagus.
- Nexium - Another Acid reflux medicine. It reduces acidity, repairs damage to the esophagus and prevents stomach ulcers.
- To see a longer list, click here.
Prevacid and Prilosec are the two most common acid reflux medications
Acid Reflux Home Treatments
Here is a list of foods you could eat to get rid of heartburn:
- Peanut Butter
- Apple Cider Vinegar "with Mother"
- A teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water
- A teaspoon of grated ginger in a cup of water
- Green Tea
- A teaspoon of Pure aloe vera gel in a cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of molasses in a warm cup of water
- Chew sugarless gum for 30 minutes after you finish a meal
- Drink plenty of water
- Place a 2x4 piece of wood under your mattress at the head of your bed. This will help elevate your head and upper body gradually. The acid will have a harder time moving up your esophagus.
Acid Reflux Treatments
Doctors To See
Ear, Nose & Throat
Apple Cider Vinegar
Is It Acid Reflux, Heartburn or GERD?
Acid Reflux Symptoms
One person with acid reflux could have completely different symptoms than another person with acid reflux. Here are a few of the symptoms you should watch out for:
- Heartburn (the most common symptom, but I don't have it)
- A feeling like something is stuck in the throat
- Chronic coughing (especially when you lie down)
- Chronic sore throat
- Voice hoarseness
- Chest pain
- Bitter taste in the mouth
- Trouble Swallowing
Acid Reflux starts in the stomach and work its way up the esophagus.
Acid Reflux Tests
There are several tests Doctors can do to determine if you have acid reflux:
- Barium Test - A Speech Pathologist or other Specialist will give you Barium to drink and Barium coated food to eat. They will watch with an X-ray as you swallow your food to see the whole process.
- Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - The Specialist will put a scope down your throat and into the gastrointestinal tract to see what is going on. They will check for any damage in your esophagus.
- Medication - The Doctor will give you Acid Reflux medicine and have you report back to them if it is working after a month or so. If the medication is working, then most likely, you have acid reflux.
Can I Drink Coffee?
- Acid Reflux: Can I Drink Coffee?
As a coffee lover, I was distressed when I found out that I had Acid Reflux and would need to cut out coffee. After research,I found a few ways that I could still drink coffee without the heartburn.