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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

A condition where gastric acid reverses back up the esophagus (food pipe). It can be caused or worsened by obesity, alcohol and caffeine. Meal habits also play a role - eating large meals quickly or lying down after meals are known triggers.

Symptoms related to gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)

  • Acid reflux symptoms

  • Upset tummy / upper abdominal discomfort

  • Heartburn; painful burning feeling in the chest or throat

  • Upper central abdominal pain

  • Burning or hunger sensation in the stomach

  • Excessive burping

  • Diet rich in meat and fat

  • Mental stress or physical exhaustion

Questions your doctor may ask to check for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)

  • Do you feel stomach acid rising up in your throat, or have a burning sensation in your throat?

  • Do you have discomfort (but not pain) around the upper part of your abdomen /stomach? Such as an upset tummy?

  • Do you have heartburn?

  • Do you have pain in the pit of the stomach (top middle of the abdomen)?

  • Do you have a burning or hunger sensation in the pit of your stomach?

Treatment for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Treatment begins with lifestyle changes like eating smaller meals and going for a walk after heavy meals. Medications to reduce stomach acid or speed up digestion may be helpful. In serious cases, patients can undergo procedures or surgery.

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