You head to your favorite restaurant with family or friends. You have been picturing that spicy or fried dish all day. You know you are going to dive right in and enjoy eating that meal, but a few hours later you vow that you will never, ever, eat it again. Why? Your acid reflux is kicking in and you aren’t sure if you are going to be sick to your stomach or if you need to seek medical care.
Symptoms Of Acid Reflux:
For instance, the symptoms of acid reflux that you may experience throughout the evening and into the next day can include:
Sour Taste In The Mouth –
This is the result of stomach acids washing the back of the throat and even reaching up to the mouth.
This is the most common symptom and can feel as horrible as a heart attack because of the pressure in the chest and the burning pain at the breast bone and abdominal area.
Whether it is vomiting or a sense of bile rushing up the throat, regurgitation is another unpleasant and yet common problem associated with acid reflux.
Technically known as dyspepsia, this is that bloated and burning sensation in the middle of the stomach. It can feel similar to a stomach ache, but it is something that frequently leads to ulcers and chronic nausea.
Difficulty In Swallowing –
Known as dysphagia, it is not uncommon to acid reflux, though is caused by any number of other health problems.
Sore Throat –
All of the acids rushing up and down your throat are apt to cause irritation. In fact, it can be so severe so as to cause vocal problems too.
The Causes Of Acid Reflux:
So, what on earth is going on to cause all of this misery? There are a few good reasons that you might have to live with acid reflux on a regular basis. These include:
LES Malfunction –
The sphincter or valve between the throat and the upper stomach can malfunction or weaken in a way that allows stomach acids and contents to travel upward and out of the stomach. Even as food is leaving the stomach for the digestive tract, this valve can allow acids to leak back into the throat and cause heartburn and indigestion.
A “hiatal hernia” is formed when the stomach muscles protrude up into the chest through the diaphragm. This can allow stomach acids to pass through the hiatus and back into the esophagus.
Yes, you don’t want to hear that some of your favorite foods are the cause of your heartburn, but they just might be. The most common foods that cause acid reflux problems include:
- Carbonated beverages
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Spicy, fried, or fatty foods
- Mint and peppermint
- Vinegar and pickled foods
Laying Down –
Remember the last heavy meal you ate and what happened when you decided to lay down immediately afterward? This allows the pressure of that food and fluid to push against the LES and force it open.
Filling yourself a bit too full can easily force the LES open, and lead to heartburn, indigestion, and full blown acid reflux.
Avoiding bad choices and behaviors can reduce or eliminate the problems, but so too can some OTC and prescription medications. If you live with acid reflux on a regular basis you could be damaging your esophagus or stomach. Seek some support from your doctor and find the ideal solution for your needs.
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