Whether your physician talks to you about acid reflux disease or GERD, both are names for the same disease. GERD is simply short for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease.
Acid reflux disease, or GERD, can interfere with your lifestyle, disrupt your sleep and make dinner plans a pain. Heartburn, the painful, burning sensation in your chest is the most common symptom of the disease. In fact, pain from heartburn can be so severe that it is often mistaken for a heart attack.
Other symptoms of acid reflux disease can include the following:
• Difficulty swallowing
• Persistent belching
• Damage to tooth enamel due to acid regurgitation
• Sore throat
• Chronic coughing
There are some lifestyle changes patients suffering from this disease can do to lessen the painful affects of the disease and suppress flare-ups. For instance, certain foods can irritate the condition, so people with GERD should avoid caffeine, peppermint, spicy foods, acidic foods like oranges and tomato-based sauces, fried foods and alcohol. Smoking and carrying excess weight can also contribute to discomfort as can eating large portions at one sitting or lying down too quickly after a meal.
To learn more about acid reflux disease or to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist, call HealthFinder at 504-456-5000.