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REFLUX AND HEARTBURN
Beyond your disease

 

KNOW SOME COMPLICATIONS

 

 

It is important that you consult your doctor immediately if you have symptoms such as weight loss for no apparent reason, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), bleeding, as well as heartburn or acid reflux even after starting treatment for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).8

The mentioned symptoms can be a signal to be alarmed by possible GERD complications, some of these are:

 

REFLUX ESOPHAGITIS

Is a condition where the esophagus is inflamed and can damage the tissues of the esophagus, esophagitis can make it difficult and painful to swallow, and can cause chest pain.19  

 

BARRETT ESOPHAGUS

is a premalignant lesion of the esophagus in which the cells of this area are modified by another type of cells which might suspect of malignancy. The symptoms may be the same as in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and sometimes bleeding additionaly.20

The way to detect this complication is through an endoscopy with biopsy.5

 

STENOSIS

 Is a consequence of the scarring of the esophageal tissue where it narrows so that food intake is difficult and sometimes it is difficult for it to reach the stomach.4              

 

ULCER

Is an injured area in the lining of the stomach, this damage is caused by high production of acid by the cells lining the stomach.

 

 

DOES YOUR REFLUX WORSEN AT NIGHT?

 

 

Studies have shown that approximately 79% of the US population with GERD experience nocturnal symptoms. A third of that population reports that the symptoms affect their sleep, so the tasks of the next day are affected.

The nocturnal symptoms provoke unexpected awakenings with sensation of suffocation, pain, burning and in many occasions cough. With the passage of time if the disease worsens, snoring and even sore throat may occur. It is considered that these patients have a lower quality of life than those who manifest reflux in the morning.16          

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I TAKE A NAP?

The type of sleep that occurs when you take a nap is much more superficial, so in this stage of sleep is more likely to occur reflux, naps are also associated with rest after eating so it is even more likely that these symptoms are present.21

In case you feel you may be suffering from night reflux follow these tips21 to improve your sleep quality

 

 



CELEBRATE LIFE GIVES YOU SOME RECOMMENDATIONS


 

 

  • Stick to a bedtime schedule at night.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid the consumption of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
  • Avoid eating large meals at night.
  • Try to make your last meal two to three hours before going to bed.
  • Do not take naps after 3 pm to avoid interference with your sleep at night.
  • Eliminate all kinds of lights or sound (radio, television, computer)

 

 

References

4.The American Gastroenterological Association. (2017, julio). The American Gastroenterological Association. Retrieved from www.gastro.orl

5. Gyawali, C., Kahrilas, P., Savarino, E., Zerbib, F., Mion, F., Smout, A., . . . Roman, S. (2018). Modern diagnosis of GERD: the Lyon Consensus. GUT, 1351-1362..

8. American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. (2018). Cómo comprender la Enfermedad del Reflujo Gastroesofágico. Retrieved from https://www.asge.org/home/for-patients/patient-information/c%C3%B3mo-comprender-la-enfermedad-del-reflujo-gastroesof%C3%A1gico

16. International Fundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders. (2017, Noviembre 3). About GERD. Retrieved from https://www.aboutgerd.org/prevalence.html

19. Mayo Clinic. (2019). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/es-es/diseases-conditions/esophagitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20361224

20. Huerta-Iga, F., Bielsa-Fernández, M. V., Remes-Troche, J. M., Valdovinos-Díaz, M. A., & Tamayo-de la Cuesta, J. L. (2016). Diagnóstico y tratamiento de la enfermedad por reflujo gastroesofágico: recomendaciones de la Asociación Mexicana de Gastroenterología. Revista de Gastroenterología de México, 81(4), 208-222.

21. International Fundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders . (2016, febrero 10). Retrieved from https://www.aboutgerd.org/sleep-gerd.html