How GERD Is Treated


5 Steps to Take If Heartburn Won't Quit

Feel like you've done everything and heartburn just won't go away? There's still hope with these 5 tips.   View slideshow


Doctors Cured My Heartburn After Finding a Hernia I Did Not Know I Had

In some cases, a hiatal hernia can cause GERD
In October 2006, I started having constant heartburn, including a bile taste in my mouth and a burning sensation in my chest. I had no idea what was causing it or why it came on so suddenly. My doctor did a few tests and told me to try an over-the-counter heartburn remedy. It helped control the acid reflux pain a little bit, so I figured that would be my solution. But my heartburn continued to get worse.  Read More


A 30-Pound Weight Loss and Portion Control Tamed My Heartburn

Shedding pounds can sometimes cure chronic heartburn
I had never heard of GERD before my doctor told me I had it, and I didn't really know anything about acid reflux. The doctor prescribed omeprazole (Prilosec), one of many medications called proton-pump inhibitors that reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. Prilosec works great for some people, but in my case it only reduced the acid reflux, it didn't stop it completely.  Read More


My Acid Reflux Pain Was Unbearable, but Surgery Did Not Help

Surgery works for some people, but not others
On October 30, 2007, I had fundoplication, which means the upper curve of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place so the lower portion of the esophagus passes through a small tunnel of stomach muscle. This strengthens the valve between the esophagus and stomach to stop acid from backing up into the esophagus.  Read More