GERD is very common but imagine having it along with Sleep Apnea!
March 19, 2018 11:26am CST
I did lots of reading online about GERD, known as Acid Reflux or simply put, stomach acid going back up the throat from the stomach. Finding out how bad it can be was just the tip of the iceburg. I have found out that the medicine used to treat it can be as dangerous as the condition it is used to treat it. To put it into proper perspective: I also have Sleep Apnea, which is a condition that many people have but may not realize. One simple symptom of this condition is snoring at night and if you ever snored and your partner, in my case, my wife woke me up and asked 'Can you please turn over and stop snoring me awake?' - you might sleep alone and not even realize that you have it. But, if you ever woke up choking on regurgitated bile you probably have a case of Acid Reflux or GERD. Over time, snoring can be a sign of a more serious situation - Sleep Apnea, which is that you stop breathing off and on all through the night, and this condition is bad because it can result in Acid going up the esophagus back into the throat and coating your vocal chords, and even cause irritation to the throat. The medicine that is often prescribed is called a Proton Pump Inhibitor, for Acid Reflux, and the treatment for not breathing right at night, pauses in breathing several times per hour, is a CPAP or BIPAP machine that pumps air into your lungs to keep the airways open. To top it all off, the allergy effects of pollen can add insult to injury. So, if you have occasional snoring or even infrequent heartburn and have not been tested for Sleep problems or GERD, maybe it's time you went to get those tests. There are many solutions to these problems. Some solutions require lifestyle changes and moderation of things that you either eat or drink. The bottom line is, the cause and effect process is overwhelmingly making us all have health issues, starting with being OVER WEIGHT. The problems with being past 200 pounds, comes from a long history of bad eating habits. So, next time you have that pizza, make sure you don't go to bed for several hours, and if you snore, elevate your head on two pillows instead of one, and that will help with snoring and GERD (acid reflux) and talk to your doctor about how you can change your lifestyle habits and get a prescription, if you find out you have one or more of these health problems, and maybe you can start on a medication to reduce stomach acid that keeps going up the wrong way from your stomach. There are more ways to prevent and/or treat GERD, Sleep Apnea and allergies that go hand in hand with a healthier you.
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i only snore when i sleep on my back. i used to have a bout with acid reflux, but i blamed it on the smoke from welding with flux core wire and the water from the fountains at work. i noticed that after about 3 months from not working there anymore, my reflux virtually went away. i do remember the dr. telling me smoking can also cause it, and the smoke was welding was like smoking.
Back in the day, I thought I had sleep apnea. I never did get myself checked but I have since watched what I ate and I have been more physically active. I have heard of GERD and a couple of my colleagues have it. It is no fun at all. The medicine that they take can possibly cause harm to their liver.