GERD; It's Not Just My Grammas Name

Have you ever had that horribly uncomfortable burning sensation that starts in the chest and typically works its way up your throat?  The pain usually gets worse when you bend over or lie down and is most likely worse just after eating.  Most likely, this is Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease, sometimes called heartburn.

It is not uncommon for people to experience some level of heartburn now and again.  If this is something that you deal with on any sort of regular basis, than you may be in the early phase of GERD.  GERD is a condition where the stomach contents will leak backwards up into the esophagus (or throat).

It is possible that the pain you experience may actually be symptoms of a serious heart condition.  Please let your doctor know immediately if you are having symptoms such as dizziness, flushing and sweating coupled with chest pain that spreads through your neck shoulders and arms.

Quite often, a little reading about lifestyle changes and dietary considerations will be all it takes to help relieve your heartburn symptoms.   If you are interested in learning more about the causes of GERD and what life style changes to look for, follow this link to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

If you still have symptoms of heartburn now and again, please talk with your pharmacist.  Your pharmacist will have some good ideas on how you can treat the intermittent symptoms of heartburn you may be experiencing.  If you have tried the over the counter remedies, talked with your pharmacist, and are still having regular symptoms of heart burn, please call your doctor. 

If you would like to learn more about the prescription medications used to treat GERD, please visit, navigate to the medication you would like to learn more about, and click on the medication.

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