Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) is defined as backward flow of gastric contents into the oesophagus. A small amount of GOR occurs in normal individuals; the term GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) includes all the symptoms and forms of tissue damage secondary to the reflux of gastric contents into the oesophagus. GORD is the most common oesophageal disorder, accounting for nearly 75% of all patients with oesophageal disorders.

Heartburn and regurgitation are considered typical symptoms and may be the only symptoms in most cases. Other symptoms include dysphagia, chest pain, waterbrash, globus sensation and. Over half the cases of noncardiac chest pain may be attributed to abnormal reflux.

Major pulmonary manifestations are non-seasonal and nocturnal asthma and chronic cough. Other manifestations include hoarseness, postnasal drip, persistent coughing, sore throat, choking spells, laryngospasm and posterior laryngitis.

Factors facilitating gastro-oesophagal reflux:

Diabetes mellitus, scleroderma, prolonged Ryle’s tube intubation, hiatus hernia, fatty foods, excess of caffeine

Obesity, ascites, pregnancy pressure

Smoking and alcohol

Pyloric stenosis, gastroparesis, fatty foods, Large meals.

Treatment at Homeocare International includes life-style modifications and Advanced Homepathic treatment. Since the severity of reflux diseases varies between patients, and often at different times in the same patient, an individualistic personalised approach is offered at Homeocare International to ensure a complete cure.