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What’s going around: Gastroesophageal reflux disease

(WKOW) — While you may be looking forward to all of your favorite holiday foods, you might not like how you feel after eating them.

Dr. Mo Gerdvisheh at Monroe Clinic anticipates to see more cases of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) around the holidays.  You may have heard this referred to as acid reflux.

Dr. Gerdvisheh explained, you experience GERD when food and stomach acid travel back up the esophagus after you swallow because your sphincter isn’t working properly.

Symptoms of GERD can include the following:

  • Heartburn or burping
  • A sour taste in your mouth or regurgitation
  • A dry, chronic cough

Those symptoms may worsen after you eat, bend over or lie down.

To feel better Dr. Gerdvisheh recommended the following ideas:

  • Prop yourself up with pillows in bed
  • Watch what you’re eating.  Avoid fatty, friend or spicy foods, plus coffee, carbonated drinks and chocolate.
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes or belts
  • Avoid smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol

Besides lifestyle changes, Dr. Gerdvisheh said you can talk to your provider about medication and possible surgery.  He also reminded chest pain could be the sign of a heart problem and to get evaluated if that’s one of your symptoms.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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