The damaged esophageal cells have an increased risk of becoming cancerous. Animal studies have also linked bile reflux to the occurrence of Barrett’s esophagus. GERD. This condition is most often due to excess acid.
How can I help my child live with reflux?
Wear loose-fitting clothes. Tight-fitting clothes put additional pressure on your stomach, which can contribute to acid reflux and nausea. Loose-fitting clothes won’t add this pressure.
If we can see that there are more people suffering the same as us, maybe that will give us the hope we need to continue with our lives as normally as GERD can let us. However, this doesn’t mean I’m “cured” of my GERD. I still have to use antacids on the rare occasions that I eat too close to bedtime or have too large of a meal. It’s still there, waiting for me to slip back into bad habits, and it always will be. It’s just like any other chronic disease.
They say “oh ya, GERD is just heartburn, no big deal” but to me, it is. Like others I had stomach ache as a child, heartburn in pregnancy and a ‘delicate stomach’ thereafter. My baby daughter was diagnosed as lactose intolerant, and I thought I might be too, so cut out the dairy. Much better!
They put me on esomeprazole but it did not help. I believe stress plays an important part in my level of GERD.
Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up towards the throat (acid reflux). If it keeps happening, it’s called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Usually, acid reflux symptoms cause no complications. In a few cases, continued esophageal damage can lead to scarring, which may cause the esophagus to narrow. The narrowing creates strictures and makes it difficult to swallow.
Doctors may also choose to take a biopsy of the intestine to check for tissue damage. The treatment for celiac disease is eliminating gluten from the diet. The intestinal lining begins to heal, and full restoration of the intestine is possible when adhering to a strict diet. Diverticulitis is a common condition when pouches form in the wall of the colon and become inflamed. While it is unclear what causes diverticulitis, it seems that a low-fiber diet might contribute to the condition.
Who is at risk for GERD?
Read about how to find the right doctor, how to prepare for the appointment and what to remember. There is some debate about whether being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol can affect the sphincter or the risk of reflux and heartburn. Many of those affected say that their symptoms are triggered or made worse by stress – or by certain foods or drinks.
The constant chest pain, the constant meal planning, always worrying about what drugs you are taking and are they safe long term, the side effects and other digestive upsets caused by these drugs, being up all night and the fatigue from sleeplessness and pain. I have anxiety about going to bed because I have woken up many nights with rapid heart rates, bloating, gas, pain.