Gastric Reflux

Description: 

Gastric reflux is commonly referred to as heartburn. For some people the pain is so severe it can feel like a heart attack. It is caused by the sphincter muscle between the stomach and the oesophagus not closing properly, allowing food and acid allowing food and the acid from the stomach to 'reflux' back up into the oesophagus. The oesophogeal tissue is not designed for acid so the pain is caused by the acid affecting this sensitive tissue.

Other Common Names: 

Acid Reflux, GORD, GERD, Heartburn, Gastro-esophageal Reflux

Symptoms: 

Burning Sensation, Indigestion, Discomfort and Pain.

Additional Symptoms: 

Sensation of fullness soon after starting a meal.

Possible Causes: 

Heartburn is not always only down to the mechanics of the sphincter muscle. People with both high and low stomach acid levels can be affected. those with low stomach acid cannot empty their stomach as quickly so there is more food in the upper part of the stomach which puts pressure on the sphincter muscle to open, leading to gastric  reflux. The same with anyone who is overweight as excess stomach fat can put extra pressure on the sphincter muscle. Eating a meal too quickly can also result in heartburn.

Associated Diagnostics: 

Health conditions such as gastric reflux are complex and have many contributing factors, some conditions may be managed through diet and nutrition alone, whilst others may require one or more tests.
If your symptoms indicate the need for testing we will select the correct diagnostic protocols for your condition.
Digestive Function, Helicobacter Pylori Breath Test, Food Sensitivity Screen. IgG Food Allergy.