Day after day people suffer from the irritating and uncomfortable effects of acid reflux.  They may get it when they eat spicy food, or rich food.  They may suffer from acid reflux when they eat anything at all.  While this could be the root of a deeper problem, it could also just be that, if you are one of these people, you are particularly susceptible to acid reflux.  It could be as simple as a stomach that is sensitive to some foods, and it could be as complicated and worrisome as a serious gastrointestinal issue.  Regardless, you don’t have to live with untreated symptoms of acid reflux.

A common misconception about health is that severe heartburn and acid reflux are the same thing. This common misconception often leads to sufferers of acid reflux attempting to treat their symptoms to no avail. Even though heartburn can be so severe that it is sometimes mistaken for symptoms of a heart attack, it doesn’t mean that the person has acid reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), better known as acid reflux, is the regurgitation of stomach acid to the esophagus. Heartburn is the result of acid reflux. So, while they can go hand in hand, they are not the same thing. Once is the cause and the other is the effect.

People can experience occasional bouts of heartburn without suffering from acid reflux. Acid reflux can be a chronic condition. Many sufferers of acid reflux have just accepted the discomfort as a fact of life, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. Most acid reflux symptoms are not the result of anything more serious and can be tolerated with over the counter medications. Your pharmacist can give you advice on the best medication to use for your symptoms if you are unsure. If you have frequent episodes of acid reflux, or symptoms that don’t go away with over the counter medication, you may need to see a doctor.

In some cases, acid reflux can be the result of other gastrointestinal issues. Even if the symptoms go away for periods of time, this does not mean that they won’t come back. Even if your symptoms aren’t constant, frequent recurring acid reflux requires an appointment with a doctor to rule out the possibility of underlying problems and to find a medication that will help you with your symptoms.