I thought I’d write about acid reflux, because it seems like I have been struggling with it forever.
Acid reflux is more common than we think, but our understanding of the symptoms and its definition hasn’t always been clear, because it’s easy for us to confuse heartburn with reflux. I never really understood what everything meant, until I did my own research.
There are more sites on the internet now that refer to the condition, but I feel it’s not very well known within our own circles, unless we visit a doctor and have it confirmed.
Acid reflux is formed when acid from the stomach flows back into the Oesophagus (the tube which carries our food from the mouth down into the stomach). Symptoms may include a burning sensation usually in the chest area and can leave a sour or bitter taste in the mouth.
For me acid reflux last hours and given the fact that I have Cerebral Palsy, was a premature baby and have IBS, I tend to struggle for longer and it’s more painful. Obviously this is not the case for everyone. This can happen after eating certain foods or sometimes eating too late in the evening.
If Acid Reflux occurs more than twice a week, it can lead to a condition called GERD with more serious symptoms including inflammation of the oesophagus (called “Oesophagitis.”) If left undetected and not treated sooner, a pre-cancerous condition called Barrett’s Oesophagus may occur.
My symptoms include:
- Bitter and sour taste in the mouth;
- Problems with swallowing;
- Feeling the need to expel the acid reflux;
- Feeling sick;
- Drowning feeling;
- Not being able to talk or catch my breath properly.
I have suffered with reflux on and off now since the age of 28, which was made worse for me when I was pregnant. Reflux can be brought on through many avenues, but its main sources are stress, skipping meals or waiting too long between meals and eating the wrong foods. If we deal with all of those, we can usually limit the symptoms.
In my next journal, I will outline some of the remedies I use to help me deal with the problem. I will also explain more about the foods that can be another trigger factor.