Heartburn & Reflux Center
Almost 40 million Americans suffer from chronic heartburn - not the occasional heartburn that can be treated with antacids - but the persistent heartburn that is life-altering and, in fact may be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It interrupts their sleep, limits their activities, keeps them from the foods they love; in short, it changes the way they live their life. Many rely on over-the-counter or daily prescription medications to help control it. Others opt for surgical treatment. Each individual varies with regard to severity of the disease and the best treatment option.
Most can benefit from a better understanding of the disease and its causes.
What is GERD?
What causes GERD?
What contributes to GERD?
Do You Have GERD?
Take this test, based on a test from the American College of Gastroenterology, to see if you're a GERD sufferer and are taking the right steps to treat it.
1) Do you frequently have one or more of the following:
a) An uncomfortable feeling behind the breastbone that seems to be moving upward from the stomach?
2) Do you often experience these problems after meals?
3) Do you experience heartburn or acid indigestion two or more times per week?
4) Do you find that antacids only provide temporary relief from your symptoms?
5) Do you take the maximum dosage of over-the-counter medication?
6) Are you taking prescription medication to treat heartburn, and still having symptoms?
7) Do you have trouble swallowing or persistent abdominal pain?
If you said "yes" to two or more of the above, you may have GERD. To know for sure, see your doctor.