Many Montrealers suffer from GERD, or Gastroesophageal reflux disease. This disease is chronic, meaning people suffer from it for many years. Perhaps you suffer from it yourself of you know a person or two who is drinking pepto bismal like it is soda pop.
Montrealers will go to their family doctors or walk in clinic if they are concerned about GERD. The doctor will then refer them to a gastroenterologist. If you prefer a private clinic you can try: The Montreal Clinic J.S. Benhamron for Gastroenterology, the consultation is covered by medicare.
How to Treat GERD continued
The Stretta procedure uses electrodes to heat tissue of esophagus to create scar tissue. This scar tissue will damage the nerves that receive the acid reflux. It will also trigger the esophagus to heal and that in turn that will strengthen the muscle. This procedure is used when the Nissen Fundoplication is not recommended; but, like the EndoCinch endoluminal gastroplication surgery, it is still not clear when this surgery will be most effective.
What triggers GERD
Heartburn as we know can be caused by the foods we eat, and so gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may be controlled by simple dietary chances as well. Though there are different dietary triggers for different people, the most commons foods and beverages that trigger GERD are: chocolate, mint, tomatoes, tomato sauce, caffeine, fried foods, fatty foods, onions, garlic, and vinegar. It would be advisable to take notice of the foods you eat just prior to experiencing your GERD symptoms.
Other factors that can bring on the symptoms of GERD include:
Your weight can have an impact upon acid reflux. The more weight you carry the bigger your stomach will be and your abdomen will increase in size; thus, pushing your stomach higher up into the chest cavity. Therefore, enabling acid reflux to backup into the esophagus. If you are overweight, try to lose a pound or two a week until you are maintaining a normal weight for your height and bone structure. If you are like most people and have trouble doing this, you will need to consult a doctor, a dietitian, or join a program like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, to help you along.
Eat smaller meals
Overeating and drinking can cause excess bloating that will put pressure on the stomach.