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What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and the Only Two Real Solutions He Tells Doctors?
A Lecture by Michael Albertson, MD.
Dr. Michael Albertson talks about the basics of the Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or commonly known as acid reflux. Dr. Michael Albertson, a gastroenterologist, gives a lecture to his colleagues in UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders. The information he presents may not be known to non-medical personnel, which might be very helpful to patients suffering from acid reflux.
Reflux is a normal event. When you carry something heavy and you put stress in your abdomen, this may induce strains to the abdominal muscles that may lead to acid reflux. It only becomes abnormal when there are persistent symptoms and complications. One shall not neglect persistent symptoms and complications because it may be a start of a serious ailment.
What happens inside your body if you are experiencing acid reflux?
1. There is a transient lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxation;
2. Hypotensive LES (a sudden pressure which opens the LES); and
3. Anatomic disruption (hiatal hernia).
The LES is a bundle of muscles at the low end of the esophagus, where it meets the stomach. When LES is closed, it prevents acid and stomach contents from traveling backwards from the stomach.
A patient who is suffering from acid reflux may experience one or more of the following:
1. Dysphagia or the difficulty in swallowing;
2. Heartburn and Acid Reflux;
3. Regurgitation which might be from an exercise or if one is doing yoga that involves bending of the body;
4. Bronchospasm, a sudden constriction of the muscles in the walls of the bronchioles, which is probable with kids with asthma;
5. Laryngitis or inflammation of the larynx;
6. Chronic cough;
7. Feeling of globus;
8. Odynophagia or painful swallowing;
9. Nausea; and
10. Chest pain.
If a patient experience two or more of these symptoms and still disregards the idea of consulting a doctor, (s)he might end up with more severe complications. This includes macroscopic damage or symptoms that might reduce the quality of life; where there are those who have trouble eating properly, bending or leaning forward, or difficulty moving from one place to another because of the disturbing pain. Add to these complications such as severe reflux esophagitis, and inflammation and ulceration of esophagus. Surely, consulting a doctor or a gastroenterologist may hurt your savings, but having these complications may cost you a fortune or your retirement fund. But if you do not have any of these symptoms, better be informed because prevention is better than the cure.
What are the dietary habits that may trigger acid reflux?
3. Fatty and spicy foods; and
4. Tobacco and alcohol.
These dietary intakes reduce lower esophageal sphincter pressure that allows reflux to occur.
Dr. Albertson pointed out that there are only “two” natural cures for reflux: losing weight and lifting the head of the bed. These two natural cures can dramatically give comfort to patients in no time. These can also save you a significant amount of money and stress from constantly consulting a doctor and taking medications.
So what does Dr. Albertson tells other gastroenterologists? Lifting the head of the bed 6-8 inches can relieve the pain of reflux. In fact you will see in the video Dr. Albertson describes a Reflux Guard©, which is a bed wedge for Acid Reflux the goes under the mattress. He specifically recommends the opposite, not a bed wedge that goes on top of the mattress.
The pain from reflux can cause sleeplessness, and lack of sleep is known to induce weight gain. Obesity is one of the precursors of acid reflux so one should worry if he or she is gaining some pounds. In losing weight, one should formulate a systematic program for a dietary and exercise habits.
Nothing beats hard work. It will take a lot of discipline and motivation to push through a program of sweating those pounds. While you do this, you shall sleep in a position where the head of the bed is elevated. Better be warned not to just pile out pillows for it may cause more pressure and pain. We know that piling up pillows will not provide us a consistent elevation and position while sleeping. Use RefluxGuard©. It is an effective and non-invasive permanent solution to preventing stomach acid when sleeping at night or during daytime. It is a lightweight and convenient comfort from the pain of acid reflux.