What is a GERD?

I was talking to a friend last night and he told me he needs to resign from his work. He’s a fresh graduate and he just accepted the job just three months ago so I asked him what is the reason behind and he said he needs to rest for some health problem. He looks very healthy physically, he’s a jolly person; a very animated one. But behind the aura, his system seems to be too sensitive. His heart is weak; he cannot expose himself from too much work. On rainy days his nose acting weird and a whole lot more which of course I won’t list all.

Lord (my friend’s name) has this disorder called GERD. Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease, a condition in which acid, bile and partially digested food in the stomach back up into the esophagus.

Food we have eaten when digested contains strong acid that also contains powerful enzymes that break down food. This acid and enzymes when come into contact with the esophagus may cause irritation, inflammation, pain and other symptoms. Because unlike the stomach which have special protective layer that protects from acid attack, esophagus is not design to have these protective linings making it vulnerable to damage from stomach acid and digestive enzymes.

Heartburn is the most common symptoms for GERD. It’s a burning sensation right behind the breastbone that may move upward toward the throat. Often worse after meals and bending over or lying down may make it worse. It may also often occur after going to bed at night. Other GERD symptoms include burping-up or regurgitation of sour-tasting acidy substance into the mouth, difficult or painful swallowing, sore throat, hoarseness and/or cough.

Although it is treatable, person with GERD must be in strict diet and must impose lifestyle changes, medication or surgery for worst cases.

The doctor advised Lord to take a very light meal every two hours interval and have those prescribed medicine without a miss.

I am teasing him how yummy the crispy pata, lechon kawali and chololates are but he just grinned and said, sorry to disappoint you but I am not crazy about those foods.

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