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August 27, 2009 at 9:30 AMComments: 5 Faves: 0

Is GERD Curable?

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Many people who are afflicted with heartburn choose to ignore their symptoms. While clearly under the impression that over the counter antacids will make it go away, the true cause of their acid reflux is left unchecked and untreated. This can lead to a serious health complication called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD.

The Symptoms of GERD

There are several classic symptoms of GERD, and it's important that you communicate with your health practitioner if you notice any of the following:

  • Heartburn symptoms more than two or three times a week
  • A burning feeling under your breastbone when symptomatic
  • Symptoms get worse after eating
  • Burning chest pain when exercising
  • Worsening of symptoms when you lie down
  • A faint acidic taste in your mouth
  • Difficulty sleeping at night
  • Asthma that is aggravated by heartburn
  • Scratchy voice when you have heartburn

Treating GERD

GERD is not curable. However, there are a multitude of treatment plans that can manage your GERD and allow you to eat and sleep without pain. There are several lifestyle changes you can make that may have a positive impact on your GERD, but this stage of heartburn is usually too advanced for lifestyle changes alone. However, losing weight and eating a healthy diet will go far toward improving overall health. You should discuss a diet and exercise plan with your health practitioner.

A last option for GERD patients is surgery if the esophagus is severely damaged. This surgery reportedly repairs the valve between the stomach and esophagus, preventing acid reflux, and allowing the esophagus to heal. Any type of surgery is dangerous and every other step should be taken to prevent this from happening.

Don't Ignore Your GERD

Hopefully, you have learned how far this gets you by now! Ignoring the symptoms of GERD and leaving it untreated allows it to erode the lining of the esophagus. The esophagus then creates a new lining that resembles the lining of the intestines. Though GERD is not curable, it is certainly manageablel. If you display the symptoms of GERD, get yourself checked out immediately, and get on a plan to improve your health.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/features/severe-heartburn-it-may-be-gerd?page=3

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5 Comments

  • hi there,

    i am hyma of age 29, indian.

    I am living with acid refloux problem from past 2 months.

    can i get rid of that permanently.
    pls help.

    thanks you

  • Hi Ryma,

    I am Kumar, fm india.

    As iam suffering fm the same disease fm 2005 onwards without get rid of the same.

    I have taken several allopathy,siddha,ayurvedic medicines but there is no any improvement.

    At present iam in homoeopathy where i feel slight improvement after 2 months.

    Further we can discuss and assist on this disease.

    Thank you
    Kumar.

  • Hi Kumar,

    Great to know your condition is improving. Please can you share your treatment details so I may seek some help on the same lines.

    I am suffering from GERD for last 2 years without symptoms (except that I have a thick light brown residue im my mouth every morning I wake up) and discovered GERD only 6 months back.
    I have sought treatment but not really helped my self come over; but now wanna get serious about it.

    I just sometimes feel light pain in chest and back simultaneously (exactly behind the chest). I have done some advanced tests and ruled out any possibilities of heart related ailments.

    Would really help if you can respond to my query.

    Thanks

  • My son was only 13 when he had similar symptoms. The doctors never took him very seriously until we demanded he be seen by a gastro enterologist. The specialist found that he had Crohns disease but it had done much damage already.
    Get checked out by a specialist - you might have IBS or some other very treatable disease.

  • Oh, And yes, I am a 32 year old male native american from Ontario Canada. And, I had a very very poor diet of constant fast food and probably not enough exercise. I have been stressed to the breaking point lately, and i believe this stress is ultimately one of the culprits in my GERD diagnosis.

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