No one had a clue that busy businesswoman Neth (not her real name) was suffering from pain literally emanating from the pit of her stomach.
Neth, all 185 pounds of her packed into a 5-foot frame, was diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and gastritis in August of 2009 when she underwent endoscopy at a well-known Manila hospital.
Though commonly called dyspepsia, heartburn or acid indigestion, medical experts call these collectively as GERD when they become chronic occurrences in an individual, according to nutrition expert Phyllis A. Balch, author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing.”
GERD is characterized by a burning sensation and pain in the stomach and/or chest, behind the breastbone. It may be accompanied by bloating, gas, nausea, shortness of breath and/or acidic or a sour taste in the throat.
Stomach acids going upHeartburn often occurs when stomach acids make their way up instead of staying down. Hydrochloric acid used by the stomach to digest food backs up into the esophagus (the tube or passageway of food between the throat and the stomach), causing sensitive tissues lining the esophagus to become irritated. Balch cited that normally, the esophageal sphincter muscle pinches itself shut and prevents stomach acid from surging upward. However, if the sphincter is not functioning properly, the acid can leak past it and into the esophagus, causing GERD.
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