There are millions of people suffering more and more frequently from various digestive disorders. This is due to a combination of causes such as taking certain medications, to not eating healthy foods, to consuming too much alcohol; they can all add up to trouble for your digestion. Check out these ten top digestive issues and if any of the symptoms seem all too familiar, then you may need to consult with a GI specialist physician in your area.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD) happens when stomach acid flows from the stomach back into the esophagus. The acid causes mild to severe irritation of the esophagus and causes GERD. Only when symptoms occur at least twice a week is the condition considered GERD. If the patient experiences reflux less than twice a week, it’s labeled as acid reflux. Symptoms of GERD include: heartburn (a burning sensation in the chest or throat,) chest pain, sore throat, difficulty swallowing or a feeling of a lump in the throat. Medical professionals will diagnose GERD based on the symptoms a patient exhibits, an acid probe test or by performing an endoscopy to visually examine the esophagus. To treat GERD, acid reduction medication may be prescribed, and lifestyle changes may have to be made to avoid spicy and other irritating foods. In severe cases, surgery may be required.