Isn’t it time to stop the suffering? Or to quote Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’leary, from the Shark Tank, stop the madness!
How much does the treatment of acid reflux cost? Occasional acid reflux can be treated with over-the-counter medications, which typically cost $4-$25, depending on the quantity and whether the patient buys a name brand or its generic equivalent.
GERD patients seeking help for chronic symptoms should start with an office visit to a primary care physician, which is typically covered by health insurance. For patients without health insurance, an office visit typically costs $50-$200 or more.
Prescription GERD drug prices vary, depending on the dose needed, how frequently the drug must be taken, and whether the medicine is available in generic form. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, prescription GERD drugs typically cost $24-$271 for generics, and $142-$414 for brand name medications.
Surgery may end up being an option for patients who do not find relief through more conservative treatments. The most common surgery for GERD is a nissen fundoplication, in which the upper part of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus and stitched into place. According to the Comprehensive Center for Laparoscopic Surgery, average hospital charges for fundoplication range from $10,000-$25,000 or more with a typical surgical fee of about $3,000.
It’s important to note that neglecting acid reflux symptoms could lead to serious problems, and you want to be ahead of the curve on this one. Consult your doctor right away if the symptoms of acid reflux begin to surface.
The most common symptoms of acid reflux are the following:
1. Heartburn—also called acid indigestion, heartburn is a pain or discomfort that can move up from your stomach to the middle of your abdomen and chest. The pain and burning can also move into your throat, mouth, sinuses, and lungs.
2. Regurgitation—another common symptom of acid reflux is regurgitation, or the sensation of acid backing up into your throat or mouth. Choking while sleeping is an effect of regurgitation. Regurgitation while sleeping or while attempting to sleep can produce a sour or bitter taste, and you may experience a “wet burp” or even vomit some content out of your stomach up into your sinuses or lungs.
3. Dyspepsia—dyspepsia is a general term for stomach discomfort. Symptoms of dyspepsia include:
b. Nausea after eating
c. Stomach fullness or bloating
d. Upper abdominal pain and discomfort
Treating acid reflux is serious business. Financially, acid reflux may cost you dearly. Do not let acid reflux eat up the future of your family.
Acid reflux can be treated by lifestyle and diet modification. There are two natural cures for acid reflux: losing weight, and elevating the upper abdomen when you sleep. A disciplined exercise and dietary program is readily available in the Internet if you wholeheartedly wanted to lose weight. Everyone wants to be slim and sexy nowadays, which makes the information about losing weight prevalent almost everywhere.
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