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Silent Acid Reflux

Updated on July 10, 2015
Don't let silent acid reflux turn you into a night owl.
Don't let silent acid reflux turn you into a night owl. | Source

A little background-silent acid reflux

Many people have silent acid reflus for years and never realize it. Most of the people with this condition never even have heartburn. However, if it is left untreated it can damage your voice box, vocal chords, and esophagus. So how do you know when you have it? That's where I come in. I'm going to tell you the symptoms and what you can do to reduce the effects.

I had silent acid reflux for years before it turned into acid reflux. By the time the doctors realized I had a problem my esophagus was already showing damage. My heartburn was so bad that I would have to go to the emergency room time after time for treatments. I would have breathing treatments and they would make me a cocktail out of a combination of medications to help soothe my esophagus.

I am now at the point where I needed them to go in to repair a part of my esophagus. Believe me when I say it is something you do not want to experience first hand. I decided to write this to help inform anyone who might have a slight suspicion that they have silent acid reflux. Believe me you do want to catch this early.

Don't try to treat it at home. Please go to your doctor and ask for help.

Are you to tired to move?
Are you to tired to move? | Source

Symptoms of Silent Acid Reflux

1. Horseness or trouble talking, especially first thing in the morning

2. Unexplained fatigue

3. Chronic cough

4. Frequent sore throats

5. Difficulty swallowing

6. Excess mucus in the throat

7. Larynigitis

8. Periods of wakefullness during the night-disturbed sleep

9. Post nasal drip

10. Snoring

11. Sleep apnea

12. Bad breath

13. Asthma

14. Sinusitis

15. COPD

16. Tooth decay

No fatty foods - eat healthy
No fatty foods - eat healthy | Source

How to Reduce Symptoms of Silent Acid Reflux

1. Limit intake of butter - the fat content is what gets you

2. Wear loose clothing - tight clothes can push acids up into the esophagus

3. Avoid red meat

4. Follow a low fat diet

5. Avoid fried foods

6. Avoid mints

7. Do not lie down for 3 hours after eating

8. Avoid chocolate

9. Avoid cheese

10. Avoid soda

11. Avoid caffeine

12. Avoid alcoholic beverages

13. Avoid tobacco

14. Drink Aloe Vera Juice-it soothes the esophagus and stomach

15. Eat licorice

16. Sleep at an 8" incline

17. Drink Marshmallow root tea-it lowers stomach acid levels You can make this tea by adding 10 to 15 drops of Marshmallow root extract to 6 oz. of warm water. Drink twice daily.

18. Avoid canned and processed foods

19. Try to lessen or avoid stress

20. Avoid spicy foods

21. Eat small frequent meals

22. Chew gum to increase saliva and neutralize acid

Acid reflux (silent or otherwise) can lead to serious problems if left untreated such as severe esophageal inflammation, and inflammation of the stomach, lungs. throat, and vocal cords. It can even lead to esophageal cancer. So please take care of it. See your doctor and let him know of your symptoms.


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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      toknowinfo, thanks for the tip. Actually apple cider vinegar works quite well. Thanks for the comment.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Great information. Also, if a person can tolerate it, pure apple cider vinegar is great for getting rid of acid reflux. A tablespoon mixed with orange juice is very beneficial in so many ways. But you have to have the mindset to take it because apple cider vinegar is very potent. Great hub and full of useful information. Thanks for the heads up about silent acid reflux. Rated up and useful.