If you have acid reflux, you know there are foods that you can’t eat. You know that severe heartburn is part of your symptoms. Yet, what else do you know about this condition?
Symptoms of Acid Reflux
Acid Reflux comes with a number of different symptoms. The most common is the uncomfortable burning like feeling you get in your chest. This is known as heartburn. Yet, there are other symptoms that go along with this condition as well. These can include:
· Trouble swallowing · Coughing up blood · Burping · Nausea · Pain in your stomach or middle of your stomach · Bloating
What happens during an acid reflux attack?
When you experience an acid reflux attack the muscle that connects to your esophagus to your stomach (the sphincter muscle) relaxes at the wrong time. It will stay open too long and allowing stomach acid to flow back into your esophagus.
What types of medicines can help
If your attacks are only occasional, antacids like Maalox or Tums can help. But if you are experiencing these symptoms twice a week or more you may need a stronger medication. You may need a medication like Priolosec or Nexium that can help control some of the stomach acid.
Don’t ignore chronic acid reflux attacks
If you have these attacks twice or more a week, you need to consult with your doctor. These attacks can lead to other conditions including esophageal infections, ulcers, scarring of your esophagus and even precancerous conditions.
Both Men and Women can have acid reflux
Yes, both men and women can have this condition. Women can experience this condition during pregnancy and right before a period. They also can experience during normal periods of their life. Both men and women can experience this condition because of obesity.
No, you may not have to give up the foods you love
It is assumed that if you have this condition you will have to give up some of the foods you love especially spicy and citrus foods. This may not be the case. The fact is that these foods don’t always cause the attacks. A food diary can help you track if foods are a cause of your attacks.
Yes, acid reflux can affect your life. However, there are things that your doctor can do to help you control these attacks and help you live a better, symptom free life.