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About 20% of people have this painful
digestive condition. It occurs when
a one-way valve at the top of the
stomach doesn't close properly,
allowing stomach acid to leak
upwards into the oesophagus.
Men are twice as likely to get
GORD as women. Research also
suggests that you're more at risk from
GORD if you are obese and smoke or
drink. Stress and pregnancy will also
increase your chances.
The effects can be mild or severe
Burning chest pain (heartburn)
Sour taste in the mouth (caused by
WHAT CAN YOUR GP DO?
Your doctor will seek to establish
whether or not you have GORD,
and may refer you to hospital
for an endoscopy to look for damage
to your oesophagus. If this doesn't
find anything, a manometry test
might be suggested. This checks
how well the valve between your
oesophagus and stomach is working.
Drugs can be prescribed and some
of these reduce the amount of acid in
your stomach, while others work by
increasing the speed at which your
stomach empties. Your pharmacist
can also give you over-the-counter
treatments to neutralise acid or give a
protective coating to the lining of your
stomach and oesophagus.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Losing some weight can reduce
the pressure on the stomach
If you smoke, quit
Use pillows to prop yourself up
in bed at night
Avoid food or drinks that seem to
make your symptoms worse
Eat little and often rather than
having three big meals a day. >
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