Archive for September, 2007

What You Should Know About Acid Reflux And Back Pain

Posted in Health & Fitness on September 21st, 2007

Those suffering from back pain usually think that this type of pain is associated with muscular or skeletal problems exclusively. This might lead them through all types of testing and pain medications, only to find the problem is not getting any better, and in fact, might be getting worse. What isn’t always known is that there can be a connection between acid reflux and back pain, especially for those who have had GERD for a long time, and whose symptoms are not kept under control.

For the most part, the association between back pain and acid reflux is an indirect one, but unless that link is found, the condition may continue to get worse.

There is a lot of information about GERD and treatments, as well as things you can do to help with the problem. Though medications and dietary changes are the most common and helpful things you can do, there are other steps you can take that will help, but in return, may be contributing to back pain in some.

One common thing that has been shown to help with acid reflux is sleeping with your head and chest elevated to help keep acid from refluxing at night. This approach can be very successful, but if you do it wrong, you could be putting pressure on your back in the wrong way. This can lead to muscle strain and other problems that contribute to the aching pain in the back that some feel.

Sleeping on you left side also seems to improve acid reflux symptoms, however, sticking to this one sleeping position can lead to back pain as well.

Other times, back pain is simply caused by regular reflux pain when reflux is left untreated. When the pain becomes intense, it might feel like it is radiating around in to the back.

Generally, those who have their acid reflux under control, who are taking medications and have modified their diet, won’t feel back pain for this reason.

If you are sure there is no other reason for your back pain, you may want to consider it is related to your heartburn. The first thing you should do is to be sure that you have your acid reflux under control through the guidance of your doctor. This means taking any medications as directed and also learning to avoid those foods and beverages that cause your symptoms to flare.

After that, you can help your acid reflux and back pain by being sure you know what you are doing when you are trying to position your body as you sleep. Stuffing two pillows under your head is not the way to stop acid from flowing up the esophagus. This will only cause back pain. Instead, find a way to gently raise the mattress from underneath so the entire top of your torso is slight elevated. Some people also tend to slouch when the have acid reflux pain, and that not only makes the reflux worse in many cases, it can also contribute to back pain. With the proper lift of the mattress, and proper posture, back pain from acid reflux can be a thing of the past.

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Curious About GERD Flax Natural Remedy?

Posted in Health & Fitness on September 14th, 2007

Most people have heard that flax is good for the body and forms part of a healthy diet, but they may not know what it is. Acid reflux sufferers may also not know that there are some who use a GERD flax remedy to help with the recurrence and pain associated with acid reflux, and all of the other problems that can come along with it.

When suffering with acid reflux or GERD there are medications that can bring relief as well as effective natural remedies. Though it is not certain that flax can help everyone with GERD, it’s a natural remedy that is safe for almost everyone to try if they wish to do so.

Flax is a flowering plant that has many uses within a variety of different sectors of manufacturing and agriculture. Most know it as a seed, or perhaps as an oil. Flax oil is something referred to as linseed oil.

One of the biggest benefits of flax is the omega-3 fatty acids. These have a variety of great benefits for the body and it’s a popular supplement many people take each day for various reasons. Flax can be great for any diet, and if it has the added benefit of helping with acid reflux, it is all the more important to find a way to incorporate it into your diet each day.

To understand how flax works for acid reflux, you have to understand what probiotics are. These are the good bacteria that are present in the digestive system that help keep things in balance. They also aid in digestion. If your levels of probiotics are out of balance, you may find your acid reflux is worse than it has ever been before. By taking flax oil, you can help balance the level of probiotics in your system for some relief. This, along with other measures, can help reduce the amount of acid that finds a way up your esophagus and even into your throat or lungs.

You may also know that if your good bacteria levels drop, food is not moving as quickly through the system as it should. If food is not moving through the digestive tract, it sits in the stomach for longer periods of time and this results in the stomach working to produce more acid.

Flax helps to get your bowels and upper intestines moving faster, which in turn allows the stomach to empty more quickly. Smaller and more frequent meals are a good idea as they can be digested at a normal speed rather than more slowly. This is how the GERD flax treatment can aid in some relief.

Before you decide you would like to take flax to see if it will help, you should know that there are some people who should not take it. If you fall into any of the following situations, be sure to talk with your doctor about a GERD flax remedy before you begin. People who have problems with narrowed intestines, or who have had blockage in the past may not fair well with flax. Those who have prostate problems and have any sort of problem with urination should ask a doctor first. Plus, pregnant or breast feeding women or anyone under the age of 18, or who has an allergy to any type of plants should use caution as well. Flax can decrease absorption of other medications, so bear that in mind as well.

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