By David L. Burns
Greater than 25 million americans be afflicted by gastro-esophageal reflux affliction (GERD). no matter if you might have lately been clinically determined with GERD, are looking to achieve a greater knowing of GERD, or be aware of an individual who suffers from this situation, this publication bargains support. the single textual content to supply either the patient's and physician's views, this beneficial source bargains readers authoritative, sensible solutions to a hundred of the most typical questions requested approximately GERD.
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These are only a few suggestions to help you improve your symptoms of GERD. As you read through the book, you’ll notice many other lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce reflux symptoms. Richard’s comment: Over the years I have come to the realization that if I have a large, late meal, I will have acid reflux during the night. Also, a pepperoni pizza will spark an incident and a very uncomfortable evening. 23 Intentional Blank viii This page intentionally left blank PART TWO Symptoms and Atypical Manifestations of GERD How do I know whether my heart is causing the chest pain?
Visualize the path food takes as it moves through your body (see Figure 6). You can see that it moves to the back of the mouth and then makes a sharp turn down into the esophagus. Similarly, when you breathe through your nose, the air enters the nasal passages and follows a similar path down toward the lungs through the trachea, the windpipe. Where both the food and air take the sharp turn downward, they actually share the same channel in the back of your mouth, then this channel separates to conduct air to the lungs and food to the stomach.
Inappropriate relaxation or weakness of the LES as occurs with a hiatal hernia is a major cause of reflux. 22. What is a hiatal hernia and why does it cause reflux? Normally, a muscle called the diaphragm separates the abdomen and chest. The diaphragm is the main muscle that controls breathing. The esophagus passes from the back of the throat into the chest, behind the heart, down through a hole in the diaphragm called a hiatus to join with the stomach in the abdomen. The position of the stomach and the esophagus as it passes through the diaphragm are important and are maintained by ligaments that hold the structures in proper position.