Hi Vicky – Changing your diet and optimizing your stomach acid will help you digest food ,absorb nutrients and will calm the inflammation so the tissue can heal. It’s hard to say how long that will take, but it’s going to be the combination of those three things that help it heal.
The oesophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. It has a circular band of muscle (the oesophageal sphincter) at its lower end where the oesophagus opens to the stomach. The sphincter closes after food has entered the stomach to prevent the contents of the stomach travelling back up the oesophagus. However, if the sphincter becomes weak and does not close fully, or relaxes at the wrong moment, stomach acid can flow back up the oesophagus and irritate the lining of the oesophagus.
Examples of PPIs include lansoprazole (Prevacid), pantoprazole (Protonix), esomeprazole (Nexium), omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid), and Rabeprazole (AcipHex). PPIs should not be taken long-term nor in high doses because this is associated with an increased risk of fractures of the wrists, spine, and hips. Symptoms of acid reflux that may accompany heartburn include difficulty swallowing, chronic cough, stomach pain or burning in the upper abdomen, persistent sore throat, regurgitation of foods or liquids with a taste of acid in the throat, and persistent hoarseness or laryngitis. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the esophagus becomes irritated or inflamed because of acid backing up from the stomach.
I’ve only had acid reflux a few times. It’s nasty.
National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease During Pregnancy, November 2012. Heartburn occurs when the ring of muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach relaxes (like all the muscles in the GI tract), allowing food and harsh digestive juices to back up from the stomach to the esophagus. These stomach acids irritate the sensitive esophageal lining, causing a burning sensation right around where the heart is located; thus the term heartburn, though the problem has nothing to do with your heart. A burning pain in the chest, which usually occurs after eating and sometimes at night, is the most obvious symptom of heartburn.
Give yourself plenty of time to digest so stomach contents cannot back up into your esophagus at night. Do not eat late at night. You want to go to bed with your stomach empty. If you eat before bed, acid and food may travel up the esophagus when you lie down and cause burning. Raise the head of your bed by approximately 6 to 8 inches.
The natural methods presented here are, in my opinion, actually better for you than PPIs, H2 blockers, or Antacids because most of them actually support your body in working properly. The unnatural options above actually stop your body from doing it’s job and contribute to ill health. back up the esophagus.
This increases the risk of acid leaking through it and causing reflux. The esophagus enters the right side of the stomach.
Your doctor might be able to diagnose GERD based on a physical examination and history of your signs and symptoms. How might acid reflux lead to coughing and how is this diagnosed? Learn about treatments, prevention methods, and other causes of chronic coughing.
(Regular whole milk can help too, but the effects may not be as quick.) Adding fermented milk products like buttermilk into your regular diet can help correct acid reflux problems over time. Almonds are especially good for digestion because their high oil content helps to neutralize stomach acid. Eat a handful of almonds and wait about 30 minutes for your heartburn to disappear. Basil leaves can help relieve heartburn, as well as soothe other digestion issues like nausea and gas. Chew 2 to 3 fresh basil leaves to regulate digestion and normalize stomach acid.
Bananas. This low-acid fruit can help those with acid reflux by coating an irritated esophageal lining and thereby helping to combat discomfort. Due to their high-fiber content, bananas also can help strengthen your digestive system – which can help ward off indigestion.
The LINX device is an expandable ring of metal beads that keeps stomach acid from refluxing into the esophagus, but allows food to pass into the stomach. Upper endoscopy. Your doctor inserts a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light and camera (endoscope) down your throat, to examine the inside of your esophagus and stomach. Test results can often be normal when reflux is present, but an endoscopy may detect inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis) or other complications. An endoscopy can also be used to collect a sample of tissue (biopsy) to be tested for complications such as Barrett’s esophagus.
Sometimes it happens right away or hours later when you lay down to sleep. Lots of people who have GERD notice their heartburn is worse after eating.
Surgery for GERD may involve a procedure to reinforce the lower esophageal sphincter called Nissen fundoplication. In this procedure, the surgeon wraps the top of the stomach around the lower esophagus.
Antacids, such as Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepto-Bismol, Rolaids, and Riopan, are usually the first drugs recommended to relieve heartburn and other mild GERD symptoms. Many brands on the market use different combinations of three basic salts–magnesium, calcium, and aluminum–with hydroxide or bicarbonate ions to neutralize the acid in your stomach. Antacids, however, have side effects.