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Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)

Acid Reflux Disease is defined by the involuntary and untimely relaxation of the sphincter muscle, which causes acid stored in the stomach to return to the esophagus. Common symptoms are heartburn, chest pain, acidic taste buds, burning sensations in the throat, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and irregular and constant burping. Not all of these symptoms occur but if any of these symptoms occur for many times in a week, please visit your physician as you may have Acid Reflux Disease. Some common causes of GERD are obesity, binge drinking, smoking, and high levels of anxiety. Other risk factors are present. GERD may be painful in itself, however the key to treatment is to alleviate the symptoms to ensure that the esophagus sustains any future damage to prevent other complications. There are many forms of medication to treat Acid Reflux. Furthermore, to alleviate symptoms and treat GERD, it is important to eat smaller and more frequent meals, reduce anxiety, and give up poor habits like smoking and drinking. Many times patients with GERD report chest pains and fear heart disease or heart failure; see your doctor as those symptoms may actually be a sign of GERD.


















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