Acid reflux can be a miserable condition. Severe acid reflux can cause real discomfort, vomiting and a range of uncomfortable other symptoms. . Most of us suffer from the symptoms occasionally but when it becomes an everyday occurrence, it can seriously affect your everyday life.
Acid reflux treatment can vary according to the severity of the condition. In some cases, a change in diet and lifestyle will be sufficient to improve it and there are also over the counter medications that may help. Taking antacids, which neutralise stomach acid, can reduce symptoms but do not provide a complete cure.
Learning to live with severe acid reflux is not as desirable as finding a permanent cure. Even if you change your diet and cut out certain foods, you still may need to visit a specialist in order to cure the problem.
One acid reflux diagnostic test you may be offered is an oesophageal pH/Impedance test. This simple test measures and monitors acid levels in the stomach and in the gullet as well as measuring non-acid reflux (which occurs mainly after eating) and gas. This enables your doctor to determine the pattern and severity of reflux which then helps them decide on the most appropriate treatment.
An oesophageal pH/Impedance test requires a tiny probe to be inserted into the oesophagus via the nose and this is connected to a recording box which is worn for 24 hours. Once this is in place you can carry out your ordinary life at home and return to the clinic the following day to have it removed. This is an easy procedure and will not affect your ability to eat, talk or breathe.
Your acid reflux symptoms may be exacerbated by certain behaviour and by monitoring your acid reflux over a 24-hour period, your doctor will be able to recommend the correct treatment for your particular condition.
Once the results of the oesophageal pH/Impedance test reasons are analysed, the most effective treatment will be used to stop acid reflux as effectively as possible.