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It's time to talk about GERD. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a very common functional GI disorder. Did you know up to 1 in 5 people are estimated to suffer from the condition? While GERD is generally treatable, it can lead to serious complications if left untreated. GERD Awareness Week designates time we set aside each year to talk about GERD so that those suffering with symptoms can get the care they need.  

Persistent Heartburn May Be a Sign of GERD 

From the IFFGD GERD Awareness Week Press Release: 

Every year, during GERD Awareness Week IFFGD reminds people of the symptoms of GERD and steps that can be taken to bring them under control.

"It is important to raise awareness and understanding about signs of GERD so that people with symptoms can get the help they need," said Nancy Norton, founder of IFFGD. "Because uncontrolled GERD can result in more serious concerns and impair a person's quality of life, taking that first step of talking with a healthcare professional is key for proper treatment and finding relief."

Sleep and GERD:
A report from Dr. Ronnie Fass
It is estimated that up to 4 of 5 people with GERD experience nighttime symptoms. This report by Dr. Ronnie Fass reinforces what many with GERD already know too well - that the symptoms can often keep you from getting a good night's rest. The report helps explain the relationship between sleep and GERD and offers some tips for those suffering with nighttime symptoms.  

Do you suffer with symptoms of GERD? 
If so, you're not alone.

"It was mid October 2013 and I was instantly awakened by that burning sensation and painful tummy ache that kept me up all night. Two weeks later, the symptoms returned! Now even more painful and more frequent. I could not understand why. I couldn't take it anymore. I went to my doctor, where I was diagnosed with GERD. I now live on antacids, painkillers, chewing gum and a strict diet. Still I choose this over the pain of GERD. I'm thankful to my family and friends for their support and I hope that you all have people in your lives that support you as much as mine support me." 
                                                                                                              - Anonymous

Read this and other stories from members of the DHA community and share your own personal experiences with GERD.     

IFFGD, a nonprofit organization, and its grassroots arm, the Digestive Health Alliance (DHA), rely on donor support to fund research and to provide reliable information and support to those affected by functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.


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