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21 November 2011

Holiday foods may trigger GORD symptoms

Holiday foods and feasts can cause trouble for the estimated 30 million Americans with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), but there are things they can do to be comfortable and symptom-free, experts advise.

SUNDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Holiday foods and feasts can cause trouble for the estimated 30 million Americans with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but there are things they can do to be comfortable and symptom-free, experts advise.

Answering "yes" to two or more of the following questions may indicate that you have GERD, according to the ASGE:

  • Do you frequently have one or more of the following: Discomfort behind the breast bone that seems to move upward from the stomach? A burning sensation in the back of your throat? A bitter acid taste in your mouth?
  • Do you often have these symptoms after a meal?
  • Do you have heartburn or acid indigestion two or more times a week?
  • Do you find that antacids only provide temporary relief from these symptoms?
  • Are you taking prescription medication to treat heartburn but still having symptoms?

 
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