Gastro esophageal reflux disease(GERD), is caused by the reflux of acid from stomach to esophagus due to relaxation of the sphincter at the lower part of esophagus.
Management consists of:
1. Lifestyle modification- like weight reduction, sleeping on the left side, or with upper body raised.
2. Dietary modification- avoid consuming irritating substances such as carbonated drinks/soda, acidic & rich foods, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
3. Medical management- Proton pump
inhibitors like Omeprazole
,etc. (which prevent acid formation in stomach)
can also be used but it has some side effects on long term usage
4. Surgical treatment- includes Fundoplication,(done when medical measures fail)
If symptoms still persist, it will be better to consult a Gastroenterologist
Wish you a good health & speedy recovery.
Thanks & Take care.