2 posts tagged “acid reflux”

Up Your Awareness of GERD Before Chowing Down This Thanksgiving

Posted November 19th, 2012 by

GERD Causes the Backflow or "Reflux" of Stomach Contents, Causing Uncomfortable Symptoms

GERD Awareness Week, now in its 14th year, takes place November 18-24, 2012.  Yes, the week of Thanksgiving.

Given that many Americans celebrate this holiday with big meals (followed by seconds and thirds!), it’s the perfect time to spread the word about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can cause chronic heartburn and acid regurgitation as well as less commonly known symptoms such as laryngitis, a sudden excess of saliva and the sensation of food sticking in the esophagus.

How can you tell if you have GERD versus occasional heartburn?  Typically, when you have GERD or another more serious condition, heartburn will occur more than once a week and often become more severe at night, to the point where it can disrupt sleep.  If frequent bouts of heartburn are keeping you up at night, talk to your doctor.  You can also call the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) Helpline at 1-888-964-2001 (toll-free from the US) for information at any time.

Fortunately, treatments are available to combat GERD, which affects up to 1 in 5 adults in the US.  According to the 2,254 patients who are part of the GERD Community at PatientsLikeMe, some of the commonly prescribed medications include Omeprazole (Prilosec), Lansoprazole (Prevacid), Esomeprazole (Nexium) and Ranitidine (Zantac).  Click on each drug name to see the treatment evaluations our patients have submitted regarding effectiveness, side effects, cost and more.

A Snapshot of the GERD Community at PatientsLikeMe

Then, there’s also watching what you eat.  While GERD is not caused by diet, it can be aggravated by certain foods and eating habits.  To make this Thanksgiving a little more pleasant, consider avoiding the following foods and beverages:  chocolate, onions, fried foods, acidic foods, fatty foods, peppermint, caffeine, carbonated beverages and alcohol.  Eating late at night can also contribute to nighttime heartburn that leaves you restless and sleep deprived.

So, if you see family members who may be experiencing GERD, make sure they know the facts…before they dig into those midnight leftovers!


Do the Holidays Give You Heartburn?

Posted November 21st, 2011 by

Overeating on Thanksgiving is a tradition in many households – one that can produce some very uncomfortable results.

It is no coincidence, then, that November 20 – 26th is the 13th Annual GERD Awareness Week.  Affecting up to 1 in 5 adults in the US, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition that develops when the backflow (or “reflux”) of stomach contents causes troublesome symptoms and/or complications.  The most common symptoms are chronic heartburn and acid regurgitation.

A Snapshot of the GERD Community at PatientsLikeMe

What can you do to treat GERD?  According to the 1,055 patients who report GERD at PatientsLikeMe, some of the commonly prescribed treatments include Omeprazole (Prilosec), Lansoprazole (Prevacid), Esomeprazole (Nexium) and Ranitidine (Zantac).  Click on each medication name to see the treatment evaluations submitted by our patients, who share their experiences with effectiveness, side effects, cost and more.

Then, there’s also watching what you eat.  While GERD is not caused by diet, it can be aggravated by certain habits.  To make this Thanksgiving a little more pleasant, consider avoiding the following foods and beverages:  chocolate, onions, fried foods, acidic foods, fatty foods, peppermint, caffeine, carbonated beverages and alcohol.  Eating late at night can also contribute to nighttime heartburn that leaves you restless and sleep deprived.

Ready to take control of your GERD before it threatens another holiday?  Join PatientsLikeMe to share your experiences, find support and learn from other patients like you.  That way, you’ll head into Thanksgiving armed with a little more knowledge and a lot more people who can relate.