GERD – or acid reflux – is a digestive disorder that occurs when the muscle between the esophagus and stomach (also called the lower esophageal sphincter) ceases to function properly allowing acid, undigested food and bile from the stomach to rise up into the esophagus.

GERD can occur from a hernia where the stomach moves up into the chest. Diet lifestyle choices can also play a part in the formation of this disorder, such as fatty and acidic foods. Smoking, pregnancy and alcohol can also trigger GERD. Treatment for the condition can include dietary changes and elevating the body when sleeping. Your Sherlock medical provider can also help by suggesting and prescribing antacids and H2 blockers that control the amount of acid in the stomach.

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