Gastroesophageal reflux disease makes acid and food back up from the stomach into the esophagus. This action is called acid reflux. Many Americans suffer from heartburn related to GERD.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease can cause heartburn and acid indigestion several times a week or monthly.
Symptoms of GERD are heartburn, acid reflux, nausea after eating, cough, wheezing, hiccups, difficulty swallowing and regurgitation of food.
Causes of GERD can be motion sickness, medication side effects, Parkinson's disease, anxiety, obesity, cigarettes, caffeine, pregnancy, relaxed lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle and hiatal hernia.
The most common treatment for GERD is the use of antacids that can be purchased over the counter. If antacids do not work, you may be prescribed medications to reduce the amount of stomach acid. In some rare cases, you may require surgery to correct any hernias present that may be causing this condition.