How To Treat Heartburn was established to help guide those with heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, esophageal spasms, and other related symptoms to a treatment that works for them. We all respond differently to food and treatments. It’s often difficult to find the right path to eliminating digestive issues. How To Treat Heartburn aims to help you through our articles and product reviews.
About My Digestive Disorders:
I’m Steve Hood. I had terrible heartburn since I was a child. Almost 40 years! My symptoms and regular esophageal spasms led me to seek the care of a gastroenterologist. I felt I could live through the heartburn and acid reflux issues, but the esophageal spasms had grown beyond anything I could withstand. I’d have many episodes lasting as long as 8 hours. The pain level on a 1-10 scale was always a 10. Quite frankly, I wanted to die to escape the pain during those hours of torture. It was that bad!
I elected to have a gastroenterologist put a scope (camera) down my throat, take biopsies to check for problems like a hiatal hernia or esophageal cancer, and dilate (stretch) the stricture in my esophagus in hopes that some solution could be found to a swallowing issue that had developed. Stomach acid had damaged my esophagus and formed a ring of scar tissue. This ring caused a narrowing of my esophagus where food would get suck or cause me to aspirate on liquids. I got choked at almost every meal. I found it embarrassing.
My doctor put me on PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) to reduce the high levels of acid he found. This is all any doctor wanted to do, mask my problems and treat with drugs. I do believe in treating with drugs where necessary, but I knew there had to be a better way than taking PPI’s. I come from a family of medical professionals that believe in alternative medicine and healing through diet. I’ve joined their ranks as a wellness educator. I research extensively. I found healing. It’s now my goal to help others in their quest for relief. I don’t want anyone to go through the things I’ve experienced or worse.
I understand your pain and concerns. You are not alone. Millions suffer from heartburn every day. But you don’t have to suffer. There are ways to overcome heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, and other related digestive disorders through diet and lifestyle changes. I look forward to helping you. God bless!