Information On Acid Reflux Disease: Symptoms, Causes, and Solutions From A Sufferer of Acid Reflux
What Is Acid Reflux
Occasionally experiencing heart burn is normal and not neccesarilly a Acid Reflux symptoms. Everyone at some point in time feels that acid burning feeling in their throat and chest. Pop a few Rolaids or Tums and you are set to go.
Frequently experiencing heart burn can be more serious and is the most frequent of all Acid reflux symptoms or GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) symptom.
Acid Reflux Disease is the medical disorder that causes acid in the stomach to travel backwards up through the esophagus into the throat and mouth. It is an uncomfortable sometimes mildly to moderately painful condition that cause not only heart burn symptom but can also cause uncontrollable random vomiting of acid fluids most commonly after meals and in the evening.
The Ultimate Acid Reflux Pillow... The Wedge
Did you know that the position and height your head lays on you pillow can effect the symptoms of Acid Reflux Disease you may experience at night.
Doctors will tell you that to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux at night you should elevate your upper body as much as possible. Acid Reflux Symptoms such as painful heartburn and regurgitation of painful stomach acid fluid also known as the "wet burp" can be significantly reduced with the regular use of a wedge pillow
When acid reflux symptoms have decreased in intensity and your acid reflux becomes a problem only on occasion, switching from a wedge to a memory foam pillow for regular use is helpful.
How does the Acid Reflux travel back?
Food passes through the esophogus to the stomach. Before making it to the stomach it must go through a one way passage known as the sphincter. The sphinter under normal cicumstances serves its purpose by allowing food into the stomach but not allowing food and stomach acids out.
Unfortunetly, this area just above the stomach can become inflammed and the muscle weakend due to a variety of causes. When this occurs the sphintecter does not work properly and allows the stomach acid to travel back up towards the throat and into the mouth.
Over time and without treatment the acid reflux symptoms become worse and worse. Instead of just having regular heart burn and acid taste in the mouth, vomiting can occur.
Forceful vomiting is one of the Acid Reflux symptoms that generally does not give much warning. Either there are no signs that vomiting is about to occur or it happens to very fast. I myself have dealt with this on and off since my late teen years. It can mean one day here or there that my meal comes back up, or 2 to 3 weeks where I have trouble keeping my last meal down.
After meals a feeling of "Oh I'm going to vomit occurs". There is very little discomfort before hand and there is little gaging or effort to bring it up. The acid forcefully pushes itself and the stomach contents through the esophogus and out of the mouth.
Repair the Damage
Acid Reflux Treatment Medications
In the last few years the spotlight on Acid Reflux symptoms has helped to bring new Acid Reflux medications that do not just treat the heartburn but repair the damage caused to the esophagus.
I have always had great luck with Prilosec for a once a day Acid Reflux medication. For immediate relief I love how fast the Pepcid Complete chewables work.
You should always see a doctor before starting a medication to repair and correct Acid Reflux. It is possible that your Acid Reflux symptoms are the result of a Hiatal Hernia or something else. It is important for your doctor to be aware of your condition in case other measures of treatment are necessary
There is more to repairing the damage caused by Acid Reflux then just popping pills. Changing your diet, stopping smoking, exercising can all have an positive effect.