Severe acid reflux – three small words designed to make a person look at their favourite food in disgust and then promptly place it in the bin before reaching for something as non-acidic and as healthy as they can find. However for those that have never had acid reflux or even the slightest hint of heartburn, it can be something that is rather hard to understand.
Acid reflux by itself is bad enough but severe acid reflux is something else. The symptoms are more pronounced and more painful, they are also more frequent and unfortunately for so many, they can often go undiagnosed leading to painful lives and impossible diets.
Acid reflux itself is something that happens when acid leaks from the stomach. The LES valve that is designed to stop this from happening can be weakened by many things including poor diet, smoking and also heavy drinking and when it has been weakened, the stomach acid can escape up to the oesophagus and therefore cause this painful condition.
Severe acid reflux is something that can happen if the “normal” kind is not treated and also due to various other things including stress. When untreated it in turn leads to some nasty other conditions such as oesophagitis. This oesophagus is the tube that leads from your mouth to your stomach and takes food along to be digested.
The LES valve that is meant to stop acid from being leaked is at the very bottom of this valve and when acid does leak, it is up this tube that it moves to which causes the severe acid reflux or heartburn that you may be experiencing.
Oesophagitis is when the acid continually erodes this tube normally with severe acid reflux and it becomes inflamed and damaged. Also, it can go the other way with the effects of untreated severe acid reflux and completely damage the lining of this tube to cause it be to become rather narrow and also very scarred.
This can stop foods from moving down the oesophagus to the stomach causing it to be blocked. There are a few ways in which this can be treated but stretching the tube is one of the min ways and can be rather painful.
When severe acid reflux does not get treated in time it can lead to all of these conditions plus a few more including ulcers and oesophageal bleeding meaning that getting it treated on time really is the only option.