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HEALTHYHAPPENINGS

5

WAYS to
Manage GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a severe form of acid reflux in which
stomach acid travels up into the esophagus, which can lead to heartburn, chest pain,
difficulty swallowing and vomiting.
Many people experience acid reflux occasionally, but GERD is more serious and
happens more frequently, with some symptoms weekly.
GERD can be managed with lifestyle changes and medication. To alleviate symptoms:
1. Avoid greasy and spicy foods.
Although tasty, these foods are
known to trigger GERD symptoms.

Dos and Don'ts:

Back Pain
Achy back? Back pain can stem
from a multitude of sources, from
straining your back at the gym to
falling awkwardly to developing
arthritis. Typically, back pain
subsides within a few days or
weeks, depending on the cause.
Here's what you can do to help
your back heal.

such as antacids, can be taken before
eating to reduce the risk of symptoms
or afterward to provide relief.

2. Lose weight, if needed. Excess weight
puts pressure on your abdomen,
which can squeeze your stomach and
push acid up into your esophagus.

If symptoms persist, talk to your doctor.
Prescription medications or surgery
might be the next step to relief.

3. Stop eating two to three hours before
bed. Lying in bed soon after a meal
can increase the chance of stomach
acid moving into your esophagus.

FIND YOUR
FOOD TRIGGERS

4. Sleep on a slight angle. If you do eat
close to bedtime, sleeping on an
incline can reduce the risk of acid
going back up the esophagus.
5. Take over-the-counter medications.
Medications that treat heartburn,

Identify and track foods
that bring on your acid
reflux or GERD symptoms with
the Acid Reflux Diet Helper app,
available in Apple's App Store
and on Google Play.

Do try over-the-counter
medications to reduce pain
and inflammation.
Don't stay on bed rest for
more than two days. Being
immobile for too long can cause
a stiff back, increase pain and
delay recovery.
Do return to your regular activities
as soon as possible.
Don't avoid exercise. In most
cases, working out can speed up
recovery and build strength so
that you're less likely to repeat
the injury.
Do talk to your doctor if the pain
and inflammation don't subside
after three days.

KEEP YOUR
BACK IN SHAPE

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Visit knowyourback.org
and choose the "Prevention"
tab for tips on exercises and
lifestyle choices that can
keep your back healthy
and strong.

GET help with GERD at Salina Regional Gastroenterology Clinic: salinaregionalgi.com

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