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GERD and heartburn

You feel a familiar burning in your chest after eating: heartburn. Learn what causes heartburn, how it may be a sign of GERD, and how to treat it.

Introduction

If you’ve eaten something spicy or fatty and then feel a burning sensation in your chest, you're certainly not alone.

But if you're feeling heartburn all the time—chronic heartburn—even without those spicy meals, you might be wondering what's to blame.

Could you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? What about acid reflux? If so, what exactly are those? And what's the difference between acid reflux, GERD and heartburn?

Here, you'll learn the facts about GERD, heartburn and acid reflux symptoms and causes, as well as the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment.

Be sure to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider (HCP) and soon you'll be feeling like your old self again.

GERD causes

We’ve all seen someone rubbing their belly after eating a spicy meal. Maybe you've done it yourself. But are spicy foods the only cause of GERD? What other factors could cause heartburn? Get the facts.

GERD symptoms

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In addition to heartburn and acid reflux, what are the other symptoms of GERD? If left untreated, can GERD symptoms get worse or even lead to other health issues? Read on to learn more about common GERD symptoms and the possible complications you should discuss with your HCP.

GERD diagnosis

How do you get to the bottom of what's causing your discomfort? What does getting a diagnosis involve? Will you need an X-ray or other imaging? Find out how your HCP will work with you to diagnose your condition so you can get back to your life again.

GERD treatment

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No matter what's causing your discomfort, you want relief once and for all. Aside from the over-the-counter remedies you may have tried, what's left? Learn about options for treating your condition, plus possible lifestyle changes that may help you feel better.

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