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GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

What is GERD?

GERD is a disorder affecting the area between the lower esophagus and the stomach.
This is an areas known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). It is a ring of
muscle between the esophagus and the stomach. This muscle opens to allow food to
enter the stomach and closes to prevent backflow of stomach acid and food. GERD
occurs when the LES functions inappropriately or is weakened.



What are the symptoms?

The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn also known as indigestion.
This can feel like burning chest pain. Some say that food and stomach
acid come back up and into the mouth leaving them with a bitter taste.

Dietary and lifestyle changes can improve the symptoms of GERD. Certain foods
should be avoided. These include: fatty foods, coffee, chocolate, peppermint
and alcoholic beverages. Eating smaller meals more often may also help. Being
overweight can cause GERD. Your doctor may recommend a weight loss program.
Also, you should not eat 3 hours prior to bedtime. This can help by allowing
your stomach to digest and lessen the effects of GERD through the night. If
you smoke, you should stop. Smoking cigarettes weakens the e.

If these changes do not help, a doctor may recommend over the counter or
prescription medications. If you are experiencing GERD and would like to speak
with a doctor, please call 719-632-7101 to make an appointment.