Is that just heartburn? Well sort of, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) has many symptoms and heartburn is one of the most common. This disease is characterized by stomach acid that flows backwards into the esophagus. This causes the irritated burning sensation many associate with heartburn. Other symptoms of GERD include chest pain, trouble swallowing, and trouble sleeping, and having a hoarse/sore throat. The good news is, this disease is easily treatable. Most people will even be able to do so without medication by making lifestyle changes. Some easy fixes are watching what you eat to be aware of potential triggers such as spicy foods, drinking water instead of soda, avoiding large meals just before bed, lose weight, and limit your alcohol intake. All of these tricks can help you avoid symptoms of GERD without taking medication. However, there are over the counter remedies such as Pantoprazole and Omeprazole. You should talk with your doctor or pharmacist before beginning these regimens. For more information regarding GERD and heartburn, contact your local pharmacist or doctor.
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