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RefluxAcid reflux is when acid from the stomach leaks up into the gullet, often causing pain and discomfort.
The stomach has protective cells from the acid within whose function is to aid the digestion of food. However, these cells are not found in the oesophagus. A band of muscle called a sphincter at the junction between the oesophagus and stomach, opens to allow food to pass through and closes to prevent acid regurgitating upwards.
Acid reflux is when this process does not work efficiently and some acid is allowed to reflux back up into the oesophagus.
• A painful or burning sensation in the upper abdomen or chest, sometimes radiating to the back.
• The reflux may reach the throat or mouth, the sour taste may burn.
• Some experience hoarseness because the acid irritates the larynx
• Some experience excess belching
Symptoms are not usually present all of the time instead they typically occur after eating a large or fatty meal or after drinking alcohol. Lying down can exacerbate the symptoms.
Reflux is an unpleasant condition that can have a massive impact on your daily life. Quality of life is very much affected. Prolonged exposure to reflux can cause oesophagitis (inflammation of the oesophagus) Long term oesophagitis can result in scar tissue, which ultimately narrows the oesophagus. This can be swallowing difficult.
Dietary and lifestyle changes can have a massive impact on this condition. Reducing the inflammation, pain and burning that don't just impact day-to-day living but also have long-term health implications.