Living with a digestive disorder isn't easy. Those of us who have to know that fact all too well. There is lots of information published that will tell us what heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hiatal hernias, and peptic ulcers are. That information will also tell us what the symptoms of heartburn, GERD, hiatal hernias and peptic ulcers are. What the books don't tell us, or at least don't usually include very many, are the personal stories. You may want to know how to eat out without heartburn, how to sleep at night without heartburn keeping you awake all night, or how to deal with family members who just don't "get it."
Those of us who were diagnosed with a digestive disorder five or more years ago may have a lot of insight that we could share with someone who has been diagnosed recently. And who of us hasn't encountered something new, and how great it would be to be able to read the tips from someone who has "been there, done that?"
Below you will find many areas that you may be able to share your experiences, tips, and questions. You can share your wisdom, or perhaps find some answers to some of your questions.
Living with heartburn can be a challenge. Despite this, any of many of us have found ways, other than medication, to get our heartburn under control. It may be in the area of diet, nighttime heartburn, or maybe heartburn during pregnancy. Please share what experiences you like by following the links below.foods that cause heartburn, making some lifestyle modifications and taking measures to prevent nighttime heartburn, can help individuals live a heartburn-free life. Besides medications, what have you done that allows you to live with no (or little) heartburn? Share you stories or get ideas from others. heartburn symptoms at night. But staying up all night to fend off heartburn isn't practical. Share your tips on getting through the night -- free of heartburn. heartburn while they are pregnant. That burning sensation in the chest and throat, and sour taste in the mouth, may become an all too familiar sensation. Some women take medication recommended by their doctor. If heartburn was an issue for you during your nine months, what things did you do to avoid heartburn while pregnant?
Before you can start to live with GERD you first need to have a firm diagnosis of GERD. That means going to your doctor. Different people go to their doctors because of different symptoms. Unfortunately there are those people who think their frequent heartburn is just heartburn and nothing to worry about. You should see your doctor to find out if it is "just heartburn" or something more serious. Those of you who have were diagnosed years ago may have good tips to share in all the areas listed below.Symptoms of GERD can vary from person to person and can include hoarseness in the morning, difficulty swallowing, and a persistent dry cough. When did you first suspect you were suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? What symptoms prompted you to go to your doctor about it? Share your experiences with others. Sharing your symptoms could prompt someone else with similar symptoms to see a doctor when they might not otherwise. GERD, you have probably had to make some changes in your daily habits, including your nighttime routines, when and how you eat, and in the foods you eat. How did you explain your GERD so that family and friends could better understood your changes? How did you tell them about any restrictions you needed to make (e.g. what foods you can eat, no alcohol)? Sharing your experiences may help others find a way to discuss GERD with their family and friends. fundoplication surgery, what is the one thing that those about to have this surgery should do beforehand to make life easier later?
What if you have a hiatal hernia? Sometimes just getting a diagnosis for a hiatal hernia can be challenging at times. Some people don't have any symptoms, while others experience obvious symptoms of a hiatal hernia. And then there is the day to day life after a diagnosis. Maybe as you adjusted to having a hernia, you learned which changes in your life and diet brought you the most comfort. And then there is the telling of family members and perhaps even getting some unwanted medical advice. A few of these areas are covered below, all of which will give you an opportunity to share your stories and tips, and see what others have to say.
Many people never experience symptoms before they find out they have a hiatal hernia. Other people learn they have a hiatal hernia after they visit their doctor with chronic heartburn that isn't relieved with over-the-counter antacids. When did you first suspect you may have a hiatal hernia? Were there symptoms that prompted you to go to your doctor? Let others know your experience. Sharing your symptoms could prompt someone else with similar symptoms to see a doctor.
Many people still assume that peptic ulcers are caused by stress or eating too much spicy foods. Your doctor will have explained about the H. pylori infection, and put you on a treatment plan. What symptoms led you to your doctor? What do you think others should know about peptic ulcers, especially those who may suggest your ulcer was caused by stress? You can share your experiences and tips in the areas below.Peptic ulcers form when the protective lining of the stomach or duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) becomes eroded. These ulcers can cause a variety of symptoms, which can vary from patient to patient. When did you first suspect you may have a peptic ulcer? What symptoms prompted you to go to your doctor about it? Share your experiences with other. Sharing your symptoms could prompt someone else with similar symptoms to see a doctor when they might not otherwise.