Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which food or liquid travels backwards from the stomach to the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.
When you swallow, the lower esophageal sphincter i.e. the circular band of muscles around the bottom part of esophagus relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach. Then it closes again. If this valve does not close properly, food and liquid can move backwards into the esophagus and cause heartburn.
Certain factors may worsen the symptoms of GERD such as:
Investigations: Diagnosis can be made on the basis of signs and symptoms.
Barium X-ray: It can then reveal whether a hiatal hernia may be contributing to your heartburn. It can also reveal an esophageal narrowing or stricture, or a growth, which may cause difficulty in swallowing.
Endoscopy: A more direct test for diagnosing the cause of heartburn is Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). In this test your doctor inserts a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light and camera (endoscope) down your throat. The endoscope allows your doctor to see if you have an ulcerated or inflamed esophagus (oesophagitis) or stomach (gastritis). It can also reveal a peptic ulcer.
Continuous esophageal pH monitoring showing reflux.
Treatment: The conventional treatment includes antacids, acid blocking medications and medications to strengthen the oesophageal muscles. If the medications doesn’t help then surgical intervention is done to strengthen the esophageal sphincter[Linx device] etc.
Dr.Joshi is a leading name in the field of Homeopathy who has around 16 years of experience in treating the patient in the classical way as intended by our Founder of Homeopathy - Dr.Samuel Hahnemann.
There is an attempt to bring the best quality of treatment at your doorstep.
A thorough case-taking is done at your convenience and after careful analysis of the same, the best quality Homeopathic medicines procured from Germany are delivered at your doorstep in a week's time along with certain health tips, dietary instructions to be followed according to the disease condition.