Yes. It’s been a long time coming but here it is-how I overcame my battle -though short-lived- with Acid Reflux.
A few quickies:
- What is acid reflux?
As an article aptly says, the word reflux is a derivative of the Medival Latin word, fluere, which means “to flow back or to recede. When you suffer from acid reflux, the acids from your stomach “flow back” into your esophagus, causing a lot of discomfort and pain (the “flow back” is kinda awkward to think about cuz I feel like it’s flowing UP)
- The difference between acid reflux and heartburn?
Acid reflux is what’s happening in your stomach and esophagus. The pain and agony you feel is called heartburn.
- What’s basically going on in there?
Between your mouth and your stomach lies a tube, otherwise known as your esophagus. The esophagus is about 25 cm long and at the bottom by the junction where your stomach begins, is a very important tool called the lower esophageal sphincter. I go so far as to call it a tool because this small valve is essential to keeping the juices from your stomach out your esophagus. When you eat, your saliva is the first part of digestive aid, then your food travels down your esophagus and into your stomach. The inner lining of your stomach has several mechanisms to protect itself from the effect of the gastric juices on itself, but the lining of the esophagus does not. So, one reason for acid reflux is when the lower esophageal sphincter becomes weakened as the gastric juices can now seep upwards into the esophagus.
So, with these basic bits of knowledge, I started to seek the reason WHYY acid relux exists. The reasons I found varied -usually leaving me worried, confused or incredulous…It is as follows –> please excuse my commentary..I just want you to feel what I was feeling while I was searching for an answer to my question:
- Listed above-when the lower esophageal sphincter becomes weakened as the gastric juices can now seep upwards into the esophagus...wait, my lower esophageal sphincter might be weak? How the heck do I check that out?
- Large meals and eating habits. I’ve always eaten a lot so I didn’t know what to do about that fact. Stop eating?
- Pregnancy-ok. No.
- Asthma, smoking, alcohol. Nope, I don’t do any or enough of these for it to change my body.
- Bending forward. -_- ummmmm, let’s just say that for a few days, I experimented picking up my belongings with my toes..not fun.
- Hiatial Hernia 😮 Hernia??!?!
And let’s just throw in a few more for, you know, food for thought: genetics, abnormal stomach function, eating spicy food, a lotttt of random foods you never would think is acidic like chocolate..huh?
Of course, I’m exaggerating a bit but you get my gist. Finding a solution was/is no easy feat.
…And this has to be continued….soon..I promise..stay tuned!