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5 Ways Chronic Acid Reflux Damages Your Health

When you have chronic acid reflux, it’s easy to focus on the obvious health problems you experience on a daily basis—the burning sensations after meals, the excessive hiccups, and the nausea.

Chronic acid reflux can create more damage to your health than you may realize. Without knowing it, you could be developing serious health problems simply because you didn’t know the complications of untreated GERD.

Long-term GERD is linked to a wide range of issues, and it’s important that you know what these are so you can recognize your risk and take action to heal your GERD.

Here are five health problems you might develop if you don’t address your chronic acid reflux.

#1 Pneumonia

One surprising complication of long-term acid reflux is pneumonia. When you think of pneumonia, the first thing that may come to your mind is viral pneumonia that you can catch from others.

But according to MedicineNet, GERD can cause reflux liquid to enter your lungs and create infection. Even worse, the article explains that you may be unaware this is happening because it can occur at night.

#2 Asthma

Chronic acid reflux may also cause another lung-related health problem: asthma.

According to Healthline, there’s a strong link between acid reflux and asthma. As Healthline explains, the medical community doesn’t know for sure why there’s a connection, but here are a few possible reasons:

  • Your reflux can damage your airways, and the acid can cause your lungs to become more sensitive.
  • Because it’s trying to keep acid out of your lungs, your body develops an automatic response that tightens your airways.

Whatever the reason, you need to seriously consider the link between asthma and your heartburn. If you don’t treat your GERD now, the inconveniences on your lifestyle may spread beyond diet restrictions to your favorite activities.

#3 Esophageal ulcers

Your lungs aren’t the only thing at risk when it comes to chronic acid reflux. The heartburn you experience after you eat that candy bar or drink that cup of coffee may be damaging your esophagus.

According to WebMD, when you experience reflux, it can begin to wear away the lining of your esophagus, creating ulcers.

And this can lead to yet another problem…

#4 Narrowing of the esophagus

According to UpToDate, when your esophagus begins to heal the ulcers your acid reflux creates, you can experience esophageal stricture.

In other words, your esophagus can begin to narrow and become smaller.

The article states that your body produces collagen as it heals your esophagus, but this collagen shrinks. As UpToDate explains, the result is you may have difficulty swallowing or experience impacted food in your esophagus.

 #5 Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer

But perhaps the scariest of the health complications you can develop from untreated chronic acid reflux is Barrett’s esophagus.

If you don’t know much about this condition—and what it could lead to—here are some important facts from WebMD:

  • Around 10% of people with chronic acid reflux develop Barrett’s esophagus.
  • Barrett’s esophagus causes your esophageal lining to become like your intestinal track.
  • You may have no symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus.
  • It’s very rare, but Barrett’s esophagus is linked to esophageal cancer.

Whether you want to avoid Barrett’s esophagus or pneumonia, the key to putting a stop to your GERD is knowing what causes it in the first place.

Don’t treat your chronic acid reflux by putting a Band-Aid on your problem with medications, such as PPIs, H2 blockers, or antacids.

Heal your body from acid reflux naturally, and get to the root of your flare-ups when you enroll in the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.

Unusual Symptoms of Acid Reflux

 

When most people think of acid reflux, they think of its typical manifestations, such as heartburn and nausea. However, this condition can bring a host of symptoms that aren’t as well known.

What this means for you is that you may suffer from acid reflux without knowing it. If your acid reflux remains undiagnosed and untreated, you may be at risk for several dangerous, long-term health problems.

These health problems include a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, a syndrome where the esophageal lining is unnaturally altered.

People who suffer from acid reflux may also risk developing esophageal cancer and stomach cancer.

This is why it is important to understand the many signs of acid reflux.

Here are some of its unusual symptoms:

Erosion of Dental Enamel

One way acid reflux can manifest itself is through the erosion of your teeth’s enamel. A report by the International Journal of Dentistry states that unexplained tooth decay can signal the presence of “silent” acid reflux. In other words, checking your teeth may give you a heads up on this health problem.

Make sure you schedule regular dentist appointments. If your dentist makes even a passing remark about the enamel on your teeth, follow up with further questions.

Neck Pain

Another one of the unusual symptoms of acid reflux is neck pain. In 1999, the American Family Physician released an article stating that 20-60% of people suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease experience symptoms in their head and neck but never  experience the classic symptom of heartburn.

Additionally, the article listed a number of other symptoms you may experience around the throat area:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sensation of a lump in the throat
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Chronic cough

If you experience any of these symptoms in addition to your neck pain, you have an increased need for acid reflux testing.

Heart Palpitations

You may be surprised to learn that your acid reflux can cause heart palpitations. These irregularities may point to underlying digestive issues. However, do not delay seeking medical attention if you do experience this symptom. Heart problems, not acid reflux, may be the cause. Contact your doctor immediately.

According to one study, acid reflux disease may also increase the likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation. This is a serious heart condition that can increase your risk of heart failure and stroke. Don’t ignore heart palpitations. Your acid reflux may lead to more serious heart problems later.

Postnasal Drip

Cold-like symptoms can also be a signal of a deeper problem. Postnasal drip and sinus infections are yet another one of the unusual symptoms of acid reflux. If you feel that your nose is constantly draining or if you show signs of sinus problems, it may be time to schedule a doctor’s appointment.

Excessive Belching/Hiccups

Burping and hiccups aren’t always things to be concerned about. However, these behaviors can sometimes be indicative of GERD. Notice the frequency of your burps. You may have acid reflux disease, especially if belching is accompanied by these symptoms:

  • Your burp contains fluid.
  • You regurgitate some of your food after a meal.
  • You feel nauseous.
  • Your stomach feels bloated.

After reading these symptoms, you may determine that you need to test for acid reflux disease. However, you need to be wary of the treatment course your traditional doctor is likely to prescribe. Many times, a doctor will prescribe a type of medication called a Proton Pump Inhibitor. However, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) have dangerous side effects. Some of these PPI risks include dementia, heart attacks, and kidney damage.

You don’t have to resort to medication to cure your acid reflux.

Contact us today to join the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.