What is a hiatal hernia? A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach, which normally resides in the abdomen moves upward through an enlarged opening in the diaphragm into the chest cavity. This type of hiatal hernia is called a sliding hiatal hernia. While there are other types of hiatal hernia, this is the […]
Acid Reflux Causes
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or reflux disease, is a very common disease of the digestive system. It is caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. The LES is a ring of muscle that connects the esophagus to the stomach. It acts as a gatekeeper, opening to allow food to pass into the stomach and then closing to prevent the contents of the stomach (food, acid, and other secretions) from backflowing, or refluxing, into the esophagus. Because the lining of the esophagus is easily irritated by the contents of the stomach, acid reflux causes heartburn and other symptoms of GERD.
I’m expecting my first baby and I’ve had awful reflux since I’ve been pregnant. My friend said it was “acid reflux pregnancy.” Why and is there anything I can do about it? Reflux symptoms during pregnancy, or as your friend referred to them it as “acid reflux pregnancy,” are a common complaint. In fact, about 1/2 […]
At RefluxMD we hear this question several times a week; what is acid reflux? Acid reflux, also known as GERD, is a serious and potentially progressive disease, but it’s also misunderstood. This article debunks the most common reflux myths and fills you in on what you really need to know. We’ve all experienced heartburn, that burning […]
What is a esophageal manometry test? An esophageal manometry test is a test used to evaluate the function of the esophagus and the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). It must be well understood that this is not a specific test for GERD. Rather, as function is assessed, your physician may see changes that are consistent with […]
A friend recently forwarded an article they saw online about the relationship between GERD and asthma and asked what I thought about it. In the article, the author talks about whether GERD causes asthma and states that while GERD can make the symptoms of asthma worse (and vice versa), GERD does not cause asthma. This […]
When GERD Disease occurs You probably are wondering why you have GERD disease. It is impossible to be precisely certain why you have this disease that is driving your symptoms. However, GERD disease is mostly found in westernized countries, particularly in North America and Europe. GERD occurs when the valve between the stomach and esophagus is unable […]
Please take a moment to watch our short video on the top five things everyone should know about gastric reflux disease. After you’ve watched the video, please take our assessment to determine your gastric reflux disease stage and read our personalized recommendations to help you take control of your disease.
A common misconception I hear about GERD is that an overly acidic stomach causes GERD. This isn’t true. GERD results when the esophageal sphincter is damaged or deteriorating and allows the contents of the stomach to reflux up into the esophagus. The overproduction of gastric acid, or hyperchlorhydria, is a rare condition. At a pathological level, […]