You only get one digestive system, and it’s important that you do your best to take care of it. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the sphincter between your esophagus and stomach becomes weakened. People with GERD burp, vomit, and suffer heartburn more often than people without the disease. If you suspect that you have GERD, it’s very important that you seek help from a skilled medical professional.
Initial treatments for GERD include diet modifications, lifestyle changes, and prescription drugs. You can reduce your GERD symptoms by quitting smoking and propping yourself up in bed at night. Reducing your intake of chocolate, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages can provide further relief. Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief from symptoms; for a more permanent solution, ask your doctor about life-long medication therapy.
You don’t have to let GERD compromise your quality of life. For help finding a solution to your discomfort, schedule an appointment at the Reflux Center at Brandon Regional Hospital. We’re dedicated to providing top-quality care to Hillsborough Country residents. Call (888) 327-2636 for more information.