GERD is a Disease

The following is quoted from the ninth chapter of How I Learned to Manage GERD and Live Without Acid Reflux by Jim Notto. The first chapter can be found at https://www.healgerd.com/2011/12/16/my-experience-with-gerd-and-acid-reflux/. Before trying these strategies, or any other method or technique, for managing GERD or any other disease you should consult with a qualified physician. See the Terms of Use + warnings, cautions and sound advice before proceeding.

 

GERD is a Disease

By Jim Notto

GERD is a diseaseGERD is a disease. Believe it or not, that was my first revelation. Being a disease meant that something was not functioning correctly and I would experience symptoms. It is the symptoms which caused my distress, namely the symptom of acid reflux, frequent and repetitive intense heartburn. I decided to pursue things from the direction of symptom relief and prevention, because it was those symptoms that were making my life miserable. I began to learn about GERD, how it occurs, and how it relates to acid reflux and heartburn.

Since GERD is a disease which can have some rather serious long-term consequences I was careful to discuss my plans with my physician. Knowing the difficulties I had been having with medications he was sympathetic, if not outright supportive, of my personal experiments. We continued to monitor the disease for any signs that I was causing real damage to my esophagus.

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