As strange as this may sound, GERD is commonly known as Acid Reflux Disease.
I have a nephew who complained of nausea in the morning, stomach aches and a sore throat.
After going to the doctor he was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, (GERD).
This is a medical condition where the liquids from the stomach go back up into the esophagus.
The liquid contains stomach acids and can inflame and damage the lining of the esophagus.
Fortunately, treatment is available for GERD.
By changing your diet, taking the right types of medicines and modifying your sleeping habits, your GERD symptoms could diminish.
Diet: Certain foods can promote GERD.
They reduce the amount of pressure in the lower esophageal muscle and cause the "reflux" to occur.
Avoiding the following foods will help: Chocolate, peppermint, alcohol, Fatty Foods, caffeinated Drinks and even smoking.
At meal time, try eating smaller meals earlier in the evening.
The smaller meals will help keep the acids from going up the esophagus.
By eating earlier, you stomach will have had a chance to fully digest your food.
Chewing gum can help reduce acid in the esophagus by increasing saliva production.
Once swallowed, the saliva helps neutralizes acid in the esophagus.
Taking the Right Medicines: Don't take plain old antacid tablets.
These will only help for a very short time.
There are two types of medicines on the market today specifically designed to help the symptoms of GERD.
The first medicine developed specifically for the treatment of acid related disorders was Tagamet.
This product and others like it (Zantac, Axid & Pepcid) were designed to neutralize acids in the stomach.
Your stomach will continue to naturally produce acid, but these products will counter-act that acid by neutralizing it.
This type of medicine is best used 1/2 hour before a meal so it can get to work and be ready for the food digestion process.
These same medicines can be taken just before bed to help reduce the amount of harmful acids being produced.
Newer medicines have been created that work differently than these acid neutralizers just mentioned.
Known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI), these drugs actually block the production of antacids into the stomach.
Since the acid production is turned off, it will help prevent acid from going up the esophagus and promote healing from the burning and inflammation that is caused by Acid Reflux.
Brands like Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix and Prevacid are all PPI type drugs and usually involve a doctors script.
Sleeping Habits: Believe it or not, the way you sleep can promote GERD.
Laying flat on your back allows the stomach acids to easily evacuate up into your esophagus.
Elevate your bed where your head is positioned.
Using a simple bed pillow to elevate your head won't help.
You need to elevate your upper body too.
There are special wedge pillows available that are designed to do just this.
Do a Google search for "mfasco wedge pillow" and you will find wedge pillows in different sizes.
A direct link for a Foam Bed Wedge Pillow For Acid Reflux is here.
Notice the pillow is large enough for you to rest your shoulders and upper body.
The bigger the pillow, the better.
For about 25 - 30 dollars you can sleep better at night.
As always, consult your doctor about your health.
Do not self diagnose and always read the directions, warnings and instructions on any medication you take.
The symptoms you are experiencing could be a more serious problem not related to GERD.
Having said that, the simple changes to your diet, sleeping habits and the right medicines could significantly help your Acid Reflux Disease.
Seek help and feel better.