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Gastro – Esophageal Reflux Awareness Week | GERD

What should I be aware of ?

What is GERD ?

  • First of all, heartburn is common, and occasional heartburn does not mean that there is a reflux disease
  • GERD ( Gastroesophageal reflux disease ) means a flow-back of stomach content into the esophagus, throat and sometimes lungs
  • That causes symptoms, like constant heartburn, throat pain, cough, and others, and it can cause permanent injury to the esophageal lining

 

What symptoms are concerning and should lead to a consultation with your physician

  • Difficulty in swallowing, or feeling a lump
  • Chest pain
  • Recurring attacks of heartburn
  • Symptom change: More often, more severe, wake you up at night
  • Treatment does not help any more
  • History of many years of recurring heartburn, more than 1 heartburn attack per week
  • Cough, constant throat pain or hoarse voice

 

Which lifestyle is recommended for patients with GERD?

  • Do not smoke
  • Limit alcohol
  • Season lightly
  • Eat small meals, and observe a GAP of 2 – 3 hours between eating and reclining
  • Avoid heavy and fatty meals
  • Elevated the headrest or sleep on pillows
  • Maintain a healthy weight

 

How to diagnose GERD?

  • Talk to your physician
  • In certain cases, a medication trial with specific antacids helps confirm the diagnosis, and can be the only necessary step
  • In others, and endoscopy, and rarely a pHMetry (measurement of the acid level in the esophagus ) are recommended

 

How to treat GERD?

There are multiple options, ranging from medications which protect the esophageal lining, to antacids, to acid blockers (called Proton pump Inhibitors) , to endoscopic and surgical procedures which diminish or stop the acid reflux .

We offer the whole range of procedures here at King’s Gastroenterology clinic

Your physician will recommend a customized approach for your specific symptoms

 

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