Help For Heartburn & GERD

The primary symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are heartburn, regurgitation, and nausea. Yet, not everyone with GERD has heartburn.

Heartburn usually is described as a burning pain in the middle of the chest. It may start high in the abdomen or may extend up the neck or back. Sometimes, instead of a burning feeling, the pain may be sharp or you may feel pressure. In most cases, heartburn related to GERD is seen more commonly after a meal.

Preventing & Treating GERD

  • Avoid food triggers such as fatty or spicy foods, mints, chocolate, alcohol, caffeinated and carbonated drinks, and citrus fruits and juices.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Do not lie down for at least three hours after you eat.
  • Keep your weight in check.
  • Elevate your head when you sleep.
  • Try sleeping on your left side.
  • Use prescription or nonprescription medications such as antacids, H2 blockers and/or proton pump inhibitors.

If you have tried changing your eating habits and lifestyle or have been using medicines for longer than two weeks and are still bothered with heartburn caused by GERD, talk to a primary care doctor in Porter Physician Group. Your doctor can help you find the right treatment.

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