This a condition appears in 10-20% of the western population and develops when the reflux of stomach contents causes troublesome symptoms and/or complications.
You may be experiencing heartburn as a burning sensation that rises from the stomach or lower chest up towards the neck. It generally gets worse after eating and while antacid can provide prompt relief they do not address the underlying issue.
Other signs of reflux:
- Chronic cough
- Bad breath
- Dental erosions
- Chronic laryngitis
- Food allergy and intolerances
- Slow gastric emptying
- Impaired saliva function
- Elevated BMI
- Medications – several are capable of decreasing lower oesophageal pressure
- Lower oesophageal sphincter incompetence