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Digestive Health Monthly - November 2015

As the holiday season kicks into full swing and we are presented with tasty temptations at every turn, we take a moment every year during the week of Thanksgiving (Nov 22-28) to pause and reflect on whether that heartburn is due to the extra slice of pumpkin pie you enjoyed or whether it may be a symptom of something more serious - gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Because it is frequently mistaken for simple heartburn, GERD is often unrecognized and self-treated or mistreated. During this GERD Awareness Week we urge anyone who may be experiencing worsening heartburn or symptoms that seem out of the ordinary to let your healthcare provider know.
GERD Awareness Week

During GERD Awareness Week we urge anyone who may be experiencing worsening heartburn or reflux to consult their physician. To help you make the most of your visit to the doctor, we are sharing some tips on how to get ready for your appointment. By providing details about your symptoms, you can help your physician better diagnose and treat your GERD. 
#GivingTuesday with IFFGD

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. Join this global celebration of generosity by supporting a cause close to your heart and joining the conversation with #GivingTuesday on December 1st. Then, share your giving story with #MyGivingStory for a chance to win $5,000 for IFFGD.

Is it GERD? Here are some less common symptoms

Most people know that frequent or chronic heartburn and reflux (acid regurgitation) are symptoms of GERD. But there are several unexpected symptoms that could also point to a GERD diagnosis.  

Jason's Fund 

In memory of Jason, you can help this DHA fundraiser reach her $5,000 goal to support rare gastrointestinal motility disorders research. Rare conditions affect people as deeply as common ones and increased research into treatments is badly needed. Your support can fund scientific advancement to find answers. 

The Goals of GERD Treatment

Treatment options for GERD often include lifestyle modifications, medications, surgery, or a combination of methods. The goals of successful GERD treatment are:
  • To bring the symptoms under control so the individual feels better
  • To heal the esophagus of inflammation or injury
  • To manage or prevent complications
  • To maintain the symptoms of GERD in remission so that daily life is unaffected or minimally affected by reflux
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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