Talking to Your Doctor About Acid Reflux

Acid reflux can usually be treated without seeing your doctor. In fact, about 25 million American suffer from this medical condition at least once in awhile. Many of these have chronic problems and it is then that that a doctor should be consulted.

It may seem that acid reflux is not a serious condition. This is true in most cases. Most cases of acid reflux happen after a particularly greasy or fatty meal or after overeating at a party or during the holidays. When you have this kind of acid reflux, you simply only need to reach into your medicine cabinet and grab the antacids. These type of medications will usually take care of your acid reflux very quickly.

However, what happens when those medications do not do the trick? What happens when you can’t seem to get through one day without having problems? If your acid reflux prevents you from sleeping at night or living a productive life, then you may need to search for other options. In some cases, it may be time to make an appointment with you health care provider.

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When you finally make your appointment to see your doctor, what should you expect? First of all, you will want to let your doctor know exactly what is bothering you. You should also tell your health care provider if you have other medical conditions or are taking any type of medications. After that, you can expect your doctor to take a complete health history and talk to you about your treatment options. You can expect your doctor to talk to you about the following:

Changing your diet: One of the first things that your doctor will talk to you about is changing your diet. Your doctor may want to know the kinds of foods you eat. Changing your diet will actually help most people with acid reflux. Your doctor may advise you on foods that you should add to your diet and those that you should avoid. He or she will also talk to you about how you eat. With acid reflux, how you eat is almost as important as what you eat. You will be advised to eat smaller, more frequent meals. You will also be told to skip late night meals and snacks, which can cause you to lose sleep at night.

Your doctor will also talk to you about things that you should do to make sure your condition does not worsen. For example, he or she may recommend that you forgo exercise right after eating and may tell you to sit up straight for a couple of hours after a meal. This will help the food and the stomach acids to settle before you take action.

If you are overweight, then you may want to talk to your doctor about reducing your weight. It is true that those who are overweight do suffer from acid reflux more so than those who are not. Talk to you doctor about whether or not losing excess weight will help you with your condition.

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About Dee Braun

Dee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can. One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets. Dee also teaches Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Color/Crystal Therapy at the Alternative Healing Academy

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