The first thing you need to do is categorize yourself in the realm of acid reflux. Are you major, moderate, or low in your symptoms. We will soon be taking a closer look at the different levels of acid reflux, and what to do about it. For years, doctors have been intrigued at the complexity and depth of acid reflux/ GERD’s difficulty of treatment. Some doctor’s say it’s how you eat, others say its poor physical activity. There have even been reports of sleeping patterns having an affect on the amount of acid which comes up the throat. As research continues, there are growing groups of people who have advocated all natural routes- such as wedge pillows to keep you elevated. Miracle Wedge is obviously a firm believer in this method, and has big results to back up our faith. Yet, what about other, more severe cases? With so many different types of cases and levels of symptoms, each patient is different and should be handled differently as well. Below are three acid reflux categorizations. Try to identify which are you fall under, and consider the suggestions on how to relive these symptoms.
Low Acid Reflux
Just because your GERD levels are low, doesn’t mean it is something to balk at. Studies show even a little acid coming up the throat can cause some discomfort. Changing your daily activities can significantly reduce the symptoms of many people who suffer from acid reflux. If you are in this category, you likely experience the symptoms of GERD at least once per week. Roughly 60 million Americans fall under this category! Symptoms are comparably weak to other categories, yet certainly strong enough to affect your daily actives. Some of these symptoms include:
- Small amounts of acid coming up the throat
- Frequent coughing
Moderate Acid Reflux
People with moderate acid reflux tend to be much more sensitive to many different types of food, particularly tomatoes. Moderate acid reflux tends to also affect one’s quality of life to a significant degree. At every turn, it seems as through your acid reflux is there to prevent you from enjoying your daily activities. Some symptoms of moderate acid reflux include:
- Large amounts of acid coming up through the throat.
- Frequent coughing.
- Frequent burping.
- Painful damage to the throat.
- Stomach pains
- Sleep apnea due to pain.
Major Acid Reflux
Whenever people ask me, “how do I know when my GERD is severe enough to be in the “major” category? I tell them it’s similar to the response you get when asking the price of a garment in a high-end boutique- “if you must ask, you are not qualified.” We’ve seen major GERD wreck havoc on people’s lives. Being miserable is an understatement. Here are some of the symptoms of Major GERD:
- Large amounts of acid frequently coming up the throat.
- Frequent coughing
- Frequent burping
- Severe, observable damage to the throat.
- Severe stomach pains.
- Sleeping disorders due to pain.
- Depression due to bodily pain.
Treating Low Acid Reflux
Much of the reason people are placed in this category in the first place is because of their poor diet. Simply changing the foods you eat and what you drink can be major factors in recovery. A considerable amount of people suffer from low acid reflux symptoms due to the terrible dieting in our world today. Take any fast food restaurant, and you will identify numerous foods on the menu that scream “acid please!” Lemonade, tomatoes, chicken tenders, you name it- they all have tendencies to cause major pain in the stomach and throat area when converted to acid in the stomach. Another frequent cause of GERD is one’s sleeping position. Gravity can play a big role in the ability of acid reflux to creep up your stomach and wreck havoc on your throat and mouth. Sleeping in an upright position is highly recommended for those suffering from low to moderate GERD. Here are some recommended changes to your lifestyle that may be effective.
Changes: Diet and sleeping position.
Treating Moderate Acid Reflux
When treating moderate acid reflux, sometimes simply changing your diet is not enough. Many sufferers of moderate GERD have already tried the basics- proper diet, drinking plenty of water, etc.- many of the symptoms of moderate GERD cannot be stopped with this low level of treatment. More drastic measures must be taken. Medication is, at times, a solution. Yet the decision to begin medication is a slippery slope, and should first be consulted with a doctor. Side effects of medication can include a multitude of ailments. A more long term solution to moderate symptoms of GERD i to gain key insight from medical professionals, and position yourself at night to where acid cannot slide down your throat.
Changes: Diet, sleeping position, and doctor referral.
Treating Major Acid Reflux
For those unfortunate enough to be in this category (you know who you are), it is time to seek medical treatment. The case has gone beyond your line of control, and certainly requires outside help.
Changes: Seek medical attention immediately. Gastrologists are specifically trained in this field to offer the best advice available on how to overcome major acid reflux symptoms. At this stage, medical help is a must.
~We hope this helps you in becoming better educated on the various levels of GERD, and how to treat it. Stay informed!
Best wishes and happy new year!
Miracle Wedge is a trademarked brand. We are not doctors nor a medical institute. If you are experiencing symptoms of GERD, always consult your doctor before making any decisions about your condition.