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Signs You Have GERD

By on February 15, 2012

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is when the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). Chronic, prolonged acid reflux can damage the esophagus, causing a precancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus, or even esophageal cancer. GERD can be life threatening if untreated but it can be controlled with lifestyle changes, prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, and even surgery.
Gastroesophageal reflux is directly linked to GERD and some of the common risk factors can include:
  • Alcohol (possibly)
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking

Talk to your doctor if you believe this is a problem for you. Know that GERD is treatable . It’s recommended that those with GERD avoid drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn). Take your prescribed medicines with plenty of water. When your doctor gives you a new medicine, remember to ask whether it will make your heartburn worse.

Ask your doctor about new therapies for reflux that can be performed through an endoscope.

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