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Many of the new changes brought on by chronic acid reflux have the power to alter or even take over our lives. If you’ve noticed that what used to be occasional reflux is now creeping more steadily into your life and impacting your daily activities, you may be experiencing the signs of GERD, a more serious condition that stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Although doctors are still trying to identify what’s causing this increased prevalence, we do know that the rates of reflux are higher in the U.S. than in most other countries. In 2015, hospitalization from acid reflux and GERD had increased to 3,141,965 people annually. Likewise, GERD diagnosis for infants also rose by 42% for infants and 84% for children ages 2-17, according to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Since then, not much more has been published as to the incidence or growth of acid reflux, but many doctors believe that the rise of obesity may signify a rise in the cases of acid reflux.
At Tampa Bay Reflux Center, we approach the treatment of GERD by correcting the cause of GERD, rather than by just managing or treating its symptoms. That is why we seriously discourage the use of short-term treatments that qualm the symptoms while increasing the risk of complications. These methods are sometimes necessary, such as when weaning from a PPI or while awaiting surgery for GERD, yet these remedies should never be considered a long-term solution. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t settle for just managing your symptoms of GERD.
You shouldn’t have to let you symptoms of GERD ruin your big plans. If you have an important date night coming up, here are some things you can do to reduce your symptoms of GERD before going out.