The primary symptom of GERD (Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease) is heartburn, caused by stomach acid moving up the esophagus. This generally feels like a burning or pain that can be felt as high up the throat. Many times, heartburn is worse after eating, or when you lie down. Standing up can help the stomach acid return to the stomach.
In addition to being uncomfortable, GERD can be dangerous. Repeated episodes of stomach acid in the esophagus can cause Esophagitis. This in turn may cause esophageal bleeding or ulcers. Beyond this, chronic scarring of the esophagus can happen. Barrett’s esophagus is a condition caused by GERD, which increases the risk of esophageal cancer.
If you are not able to get relief from GERD using lifestyle modifications or medication, a treatment like Linx may be a good option for you.
Linx is a small titanium ring that’s placed around the bottom of the esophagus. This ring of magnets often starts providing relief on the first day. The procedure is minimally invasive and involves no cutting or alterations to the stomach or esophagus.