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Symptoms of GERD: Why Timely Diagnosis is CRUCIAL to Your Health

May 13, 2008
Few people are aware of the medical significance of GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) and the symptoms that they have. Decline in general well-being is the result for many people suffering from GERD. For inhabitants of developed countries, the problem is widespread. No less than 20% of all inhabitants in western countries suffer from some of the common GERD symptoms at least every seven days.

From different data available, some 70% of diagnostics based on the identification of common symptoms give the right answer. Because GERD can make patients suffer enormously and also result in serious complications, it is crucial to be able to pinpoint the symptoms, diagnose them and quickly organize a solution. Doctors and paraprofessionals are of the same opinion: a first diagnosis of GERD, often via a questionnaire on typical external signs of gastro esophageal reflux disease, is essential for effective and quick treatment of this ailment.

Symptoms of GERD can be among the following: nose and sinus difficulties, chest pain (sometimes mistaken for heart attack-related pain), coughing, wheezing incessantly, asthma, nausea, damaged tooth enamel, bad breath, and dysphagia (feeling of an irregularity in the throat). Ears may also suffer (otitis media) and the voice as well (problems range from laryngitis and hoarseness to cancer). Heartburn and regurgitation are among the commonest manifestations of GERD. It is the stomach contents with its acidic juices, being thrown back up in the esophagus, that makes for the annoying burning feeling which is then linked to damage of the esophageal lining where gastro esophageal reflux disease is happening.

The ability to recognize those symptoms in evidence of gastro esophageal reflux disease is critical for regaining health and well being as well as preventing possible complications.

Symptoms of acid reflux are often an outer danger sign of internal general imbalance. Neglecting gastro esophageal reflux disease can result in major physical distress and may also cause severe health problems like cancer of the esophagus and pneumonia. Luckily, victims can identify the greater part of GERD symptoms before seeing a doctor. If a symptom (or several of them) occur regularly, the recommendation is to consult a gastrointestinal specialist for a full diagnosis.

Although a gastrointestinal endoscopist can provide a competent first diagnosis, classical medicine as a treatment for gastro esophageal reflux has two major minuses:

1. Life long dependency on drugs can result because a daily dose is required to keep the symptoms down but no action is taken on fixing the real causes. Medicaments available as prescriptions and over the counters only act on the external disease symptoms, but acid reflux goes far deeper than this, being the result of a range of different inner and outer aspects. 2. Some drugs such as PPIs and antacids can contribute numerous undesirable side effects.

Holistic solutions work much better and also act for the long term. Whatever your level of GERD suffering is, treating this condition by using a holistic program will ensure that the fundamental causes of your acid reflux problem are treated securely and with permanence, with real advantage to your well being. The holistic program that pinpoints the factors that are both internal and external and that trigger acid reflux, also eliminates the underlying problem responsible for this ailment.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . To Learn More GERD Symptoms Visit: GERD Symptoms
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