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Information On Acid Reflux Disease: Symptoms, Causes, and Solutions From A Sufferer of Acid Reflux

Updated on November 2, 2008

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.

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.

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      Jackie 

      6 years ago

      Eat an apple... This is what I have been doing for the past year and it takes it away. Something about the apple being cold helps and it also sucks up the acid! It tastes better and you don't have to worry about taking a pill!

    • Meredith_A_Iager profile image

      Meredith_A_Iager 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      BEWARE OF TAKING PPIS FOR NO REASON, IF YOU ARE BURPING A LITTLE -- get some DGL licorice pills or papaya -- DO NOT TAKE PPIS FOR A LONG TIME....THESE CAN CAUSE SEVERE AND LIFE THREATENING DAMAGE!!!!

      ONLY TAKE THEM IF YOU ARE DIAGNOSED WITH GASTRITIS, GERD, ZOLLINGER-ELLISON SYNDROME, or other actual positive readings from bloodwork, or an endoscopy, etc. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BE CAREFUL -- READ MY STORY IT'S ON MY HUB ABOUT PPIS and THEIR DANGERS!!!!!!!

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      Desperate 

      8 years ago

      I have taken Nexium, and Prolosec and the make me vomit, what can I do. Had all kinds of tests and they all prove negative.

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      gerdguy 

      8 years ago

      I used to have terrible acid reflux and popped a container of Tums or Gaviscon every couple of days. Then I stopped drinking soda, and it all went away. I didn't drink a ton of soda, just a couple a day. Something worth trying for any soda drinkers out there who have gerd.

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      babybrownfox 

      10 years ago

      Hi very nice hub. I had experience this kind of disease before. I underwent many test like endoscopy and ultrasound to check my belly, they found nothing but red spots that resulted by excessive acid. I always burping/bleching, bloated and experiencing abdominal and chest pain. Sometimes I feel that something is in my throat that is stock whenever I swallow. This happens when acid goes up. It was the most terrible days of my life.

      I wrote my experience here in my hub about ACID Reflux.

      I was thinking if we could exchange links. Put my link in your hub and I will put your link there too.

      here's the link to my hub. https://hubpages.com/health/Acid-Reflux-Vs-Apple-C...

      Have a great day.

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      Good hub you're going tobe great

      in 08

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