Silent Acid Reflux can affect you in many ways. You may have Silent Acid Reflux and not even realize it. These symptoms are signs that you may be experiencing Silent Acid Reflux. See your doctor in order to receive a professional opinion.
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"The body’s defense mechanisms can only protect against a certain number of insults at any one given time. It’s as if the body makes a priority list of what and just how dangerous these insults are. It also appears that reflux of stomach contents, moving in the direction of the respiratory tract, is extremely high on the list of things that need to be protected against. In doing this, the body seems to ignore, or is unable to cope with, other less immediate, although extremely significant insults.”
Dr. Kurt A. Barrett
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It has been easy to prove that between 50% - 90% of asthma sufferers experience GERD. The question has been and continues to be, what links them and does asthma cause GERD or is it the other way around?
Dr. Shu Lin, an associate professor at Duke University, in a press release dated July 25, 2008, stated … “the Duke team found that inhaling tiny amounts of stomach fluid that back up into the esophagus – a hallmark of GERD can cause immune system changes that lead to asthma.”
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The exact relationship between sleep apnea and GERD is not yet understood, but there are some theories.
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Mechanisms responsible for impaired sleep in patients with GERD:
Due to increased pressure on the abdomen during pregnancy, there is a direct correlation of pregnancy causing GERD. Hormones also affect the way that the stomach is able to contain its acidic contents. The increase of the hormone progesterone during pregnancy relaxes the valve between the stomach and the esophagus. Thus it is not abnormal for pregnant women to experience heartburn.
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Diabetes interferes with the emptying of food from the stomach, which can exacerbate acid reflux. Diabetes may actually trigger GERD or make it more bothersome. Some doctors think that GERD may affect people with diabetes twice as often as it affects the general population! The MediWedge™ allows you to use gravity to keep stomach contents in their place.
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