long term treatments for GERD
When you suddenly have heartburn that really bothers you too often, it’s known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD for short. Eating too much, lying down immediately after eating or sometimes bending over can cause heartburn. However, just having heartburn once in a while does not mean you have GERD. What you need to watch out for is when it happens several times in a row. It’s probably acid reflux or GERD, and if it goes on, it might be something else. Before considering any long term treatments for your condition, you need to take a closer look at the symptoms you’re experiencing.
If you’ve been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you are probably very excited about getting started on an acid reflux remedy or treatment. You want to fix this problem, and fast! Unfortunately, if you’re not properly treating your GERD with a permanent solution, you may find yourself with chronic or recurring heartburn. Your problem may not even be GERD, but a much more serious digestive disorder known as “Hiatal Hernia”.
It can come from many different sources, such as:
* Heartburn * Hiatal hernia * Acid reflux happens when the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) – a band of muscle at the end of your stomach that helps keep food down into your esophagus, is either damaged or does not function properly. When this occurs, acid reflux occurs and can cause pain, burning, discomfort, and bleeding. Your stomach might produce too much acid, which can irritate the lining of your throat lining. As your throat becomes inflamed, you may experience a sore throat, hoarseness in the ears, painful swallowing, and your voice gets deeper.
* Esophagoscopy – This is a procedure where a tube is introduced into your mouth. It looks like a camera lens, and a tube is inserted into your esophagus to look at the inside of it. An endoscope, a lighted instrument, is then used to view the inside of your esophagus. Your doctor will be able to determine if you have GERD by seeing if the tube moves downward, which indicates a reflux, while a movement upward indicates that there is no reflux.
* Endoscopic Transthoracic Surgery – The use of an endoscope allows the surgeon to see into the heart and throat areas. By using this method, the surgeon can see if the walls of your lower esophageal sphincter are damaged, allowing him to perform specific types of procedures to strengthen it and lower your risk of esophageal cancer. After this surgery, you will be given a prescription for pain medication, to prevent esophageal inflammations.
* Chest Palsy/ Thoracic Sympathectomy – Asthma is caused by thickened and damaged tissue in your upper respiratory system. One treatment for this condition is to remove your tonsils and/or the portion of your trachea that carries your breath through your windpipe. Removing the tracheal portion of your windpipe can help control your chest pain and reduce your risk of GERD and asthma. However, sometimes this procedure can also lead to esophagus injury, scarring, and excessive bleeding.