Reflux Disease and Hidden Reflux
Foods pass from esophagus to stomach when you eat something. Food is mixed with asit and pepsin (secreted from stomach for digestion) for digestion. A mucsle band at the end of the esophagus and at the beginnig of stomach prevents this mixture pass from stomach to esophagus back. If this band does not work properly then contents of the stomach (with asit and pepsin) escapes to pharynx, larynx and even to upper parts (mouth, nose). This is called laryngopharyngeal reflux or silent reflux. Silent reflux can occur even if you do not eat anything.
Silent reflux can cause the followings:
*A foreign body feeling it the throat
*Frequent pharynx cleaning (cough)
*Long term cough
*Pain or sensation in mouth.
*A bad or different taste especially in the morning.
*Respiration problems like asthma
*Difficulty in singing especially in high tones.
Proton pump inhibitor drugs are used in the treatment. But they are not efficient only by themselves, eating habits and some behavioral changes should accompany.
What can be done to prevent reflux?
*Foods: Stay away from foods that increase reflux. These are spicy and acidic foods, acidic drinks, fatty foods, coffee-tea and coffee included drinks, mint and alcohol.
*Avoid excessive eating.
*Try to not to eat and drink three hours before sleep.
*Decrease your psychologic stress.
*Do not make exercise or difficult movements after eating
*Elevate your bed’s head part.
*Quit if you are smoking
*Use antiacid drugs or gaviscon if you eat before sleep.
*Chew a gum after meals for 10-15 minutes.