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Acid reflux only feels like it's a terminal disease

Sep 14, 2008
It is well-known that acid reflux is a situation when the acid or the contents in general from your stomach back flows into your throat through the esophagus. In part, this is frequently caused by an imbalance in the natural acids of your stomach.

Most often the symptoms causing suffering from acid reflux are described as either a burning sensation or any painful feeling in the middle of your chest in the area of the heart. Because of this many people experiencing the symptoms of acid reflux for the first time become concerned about their heart. Since there is that possibility it is important that sufferers from acid reflux seek the help of their family doctor.

Most symptoms of acid reflux seemed to occur after a heavy meal. As a consequence one of the ways to minimize the occurrence of acid reflux and the accompanying misery is to begin one's meals with something light such as a salad or bowl of soup.

The side effects of this pain and burning may manifest themselves in a variety of ways. In addition to the painful burning, other problems may include becoming temporarily hoarse because of the damage done by the acid backing up in the throat.

Acid reflux, naturally enough, is also frequently referred to as heartburn which is that feeling characterized by the tightening of the chest and even sometimes difficulty in breathing. Actually heartburn is the most common acid reflux symptom and that burning sometimes causes people to eat antacids on a regular basis. For the short term, eating antacids is an acceptable response in seeking relief from pain and discomfort but it is never a long-term answer.

Although there are many prescription drugs available for treating acid reflux for the overwhelming majority of people simple life style changes can mean major improvements and minimizing the pain and discomfort that would otherwise come from the acid backing up into the esophagus.

The expression "acid reflux" typically has the word disease added to it but in point of fact it is important to understand that this is not a disease. It is important to understand this distinction since calling something a disease automatically implies to most people that the only help available comes through a physician. Although this is sometimes correct it is hardly the case in the majority of situations. Again, people suffering from acid reflux are frequently helped by changing the types of food that they eat and the speed at which they eat.

It is also important when considering the pain of acid reflux to remember that this is not just an uncomfortable symptom but rather there is actual literal burning of tissue taking place and over the passage of time this damage can be significant.
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Eating some types of apples provides quick acid reflux relief for people. Many acid reflux symptoms are easily treated by home remedies.
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