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Acid Reflux Symptoms: Initial Diagnosis is Crucial to Your Health

May 9, 2008
At least one fifth of the whole population of developed countries endures some of the typical symptoms of acid reflux at least once per week. Acid reflux as a disease is a prevalent condition for many inhabitants of developed countries. Well-being and quality of life is negatively affected for most acid reflux patients. Yet only a few suspect their medical condition and the unpleasant dangers.

Acid reflux diagnostics that are made on the basis of observed typical acid reflux symptoms are accurate to 70%. Doctors and medical paraprofessionals agree in the majority that the first diagnosis of acid reflux, for the most part via a questionnaire on typical acid reflux symptoms, is critical for applying the quickest and most effective treatment for this condition. It is essential to be able to spot its symptoms for a rapid diagnosis and cure, because acid reflux can lead to a high amount of discomfort and serious complications for patients.

Disagreeable and painful, the most noticeable symptom of acid reflux is felt in the area of the esophagus as a persistent burning feeling (heartburn). Other typical symptoms of acid reflux are the following:

1. Gastric matter leading to complications in breathing in certain circumstances, because of regurgitation of gastric contents, meaning the uncontrolled backwards flow of stomach or esophageal contents into the throat. 2.Dysphagia, meaning problems in swallowing or the sensation of food being lodged in the throat. 3. Odynophagia, meaning pain while swallowing.

About 50% of all sufferers from gastro esophageal reflux disease also note that they get concurrent sinonasal symptoms (meaning symptoms manifesting themselves in the sinuses and the nose), as well as the symptoms above.

Abnormal symptoms concerning GERD are also recurrent wheezing and coughing (also known as acid reflux related asthma, the result of gastric content being sucked into the area of the lungs), chest pain that is spasmodic but non-cardiac and lung damage, with respiratory ailments such as pneumonia and asthma coming after. Intense chest pain may be similar to that experienced in a myocardial infarction and can mistakenly be interpreted as a heart attack. Unlike the symptoms of GERD however, cardiovascular chest pain is typically worsened during physical exercise.

Further problems can affect the teeth (decay of the enamel) and the ears (otitis media) as well as damage to the vocal cords (hoarseness, laryngitis, cancer).

Acid reflux symptoms can also show up a serious general lack of internal balance. Not only that, but neglecting an acid reflux condition can make for considerable physical discomfort with the possibility of chronic conditions that can put your health in danger, such as pneumonia and esophageal cancer. The ability to see those symptoms as relating to acid reflux is crucial to your health and well being in general as well as for avoiding possible complications.

When one or several of the acid reflux symptoms above has been identified, an appointment should be made with a certified physician for a full checkup. Luckily, anyone can identify typical acid reflux symptoms on his or her own, and thus justify an appointment to see the family physician. While a professional doctor can diagnose correctly initially and often proposes relief as drugs and antacids, remember that medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, only treats the surface aspects of your acid reflux situation. In addition, some drugs like antacids result in various secondary effects. The cures for the problem that is at the root of the gastro esophageal reflux disease, to finally remedy the issue much more effectively, safely and for the long-term will come from a holistic approach that treats the internal causes that are behind acid reflux in the first place.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . To Learn More About Jeff Martins Unique Holistic Acid Reflux Cure System Visit: Acid Reflux Symptoms
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