Have you experienced a burning sensation in your chest or heart region an hour or so after food?
Have you felt something’s really hot coming up your stomach towards your heart and throat?
If you have it occasionally, don’t worry; we all do. But if you are experiencing it very regularly, you need to see your doctor.
You may be suffering from a condition called Gastro-Esophageal Reflex Disease (GERD). In this your stomach is throwing acid or occasionally its contents upwards, back into your food pipe. The backwash (reflux) irritates the lining of your oesophagus and causes GERD. It is a chronic digestive disease
Acid reflux and heartburn are common digestive conditions which each one of us experience from time to time. You may be diagnosed with GERD when these symptoms and signs occur at least twice each week or interfere with your day to day activities or when your doctor can see damage to your oesophagus.
How is GERD caused?
Gastro means your stomach. Esophagus (oesophagus) means your food pipe through which your food enters the stomach. Reflux means to flow back or return.
Thus Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease means that the stomach’s contents are returning back into the esophagus