Is there a difference between acid indigestion and reflux?

I was standing in the bathroom at 4am recently, swigging Gaviscon directly from the bottle, when I caught sight of myself in the mirror. Puffy-eyed, my face screwed up in pain, I was a sad old sight. My bathroom cabinet is a shrine to antacids. Zantac, Settlers, Rennie, Remegel, I’ve popped them all.

Some patients have acid reflux that’s made worse by a hiatus hernia – where part of the stomach protrudes above the diaphragm into the chest, squeezing the stomach contents back up. These confirmed I had a hiatus hernia and acid reflux which needed treatment with surgery. The doctors told me they could operate to wrap part of my stomach around the bottom of the gullet – this would strengthen the valve and stop acid washing back up. But that sounded like a major operation, and I really didn’t want that. So I went on taking the lansoprazole daily.

If the LES doesn’t close all the way or if it opens too often, acid produced by your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This can cause symptoms such as a burning chest discomfort called heartburn. If acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice a week, you might have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

In the UK, more than 40% of us use them – 2.8 million people reach for the market leader, Rennie, alone. Acid reflux also happens due to a weakness of the sphincter muscle, or when the stomach produces much acid and not enough protective mucous too. There is also something called a hiatus hernia; due to a gap in the diaphragm, parts of the stomach can move into the chest which increases the risk of reflux. If you have frequent acid reflux, you may have GORD – Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease.

What is the cause of indigestion?

My doctor prescribed Zoton, a brand name for Lansoprazole, another medicine from the acid-inhibitor family. Like Zantac it works by reducing the amount of acid the stomach produces, but it effectively does so much more.

That said, I was a little wary at first. Zantac is a proper drug, interfering with the body’s processes, whereas everything else I’d taken was getting down and dirty with the problem at the scene of the crime. I had visions of food lying undigested in my gut for weeks because there was nothing to break it down. But the agony was such that I was ready to try anything. A pack was bought by me of 12 tablets over the counter at Boots.

  • Heartburn is an unpleasant condition that occurs when acid from the stomach rises up into the oesophagus and the throat where it causes a burning pain.
  • Only treat them with Gaviscon if their doctor prescribes it.
  • Gaviscon is safe to take while you’re breastfeeding.
  • They help to reduce the symptoms of indigestion by reducing the amount of acid that your stomach makes.

Symptoms include stomach pains, bloating, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, an acidic taste in the mouth, and diarrhoea or constipation. Created in Leeds in the 1930s by John Rennie, today half a billion tablets are sold in the UK annually (around one and a half million per day).

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I had another problem with similar symptoms, but a very different solution (and might help explain why someone’s acid reflux pills don’t work). FundoplicationFundoplication is a surgical procedure for treating GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). The procedure is to help GERD symptoms including heartburn. Eighty percent of patients with GERD have a hiatal hernia also, and during the fundoplication procedure, the hernial sac may also be surgically fixed. The procedure can be done with laparotomy, thoracotomy, or laparoscopy.

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This can occur after eating a big meal or drinking alcohol or coffee. Rennie works directly on the cause of the problem – the acid in your stomach – to relieve acid reflux symptoms. Rennie acts physically and locally, than by entering the bloodstream rather. Rennie’s antacid-based calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate formula works fast, neutralising excess stomach acid, turning it into water and other natural substances.

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