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The Difference Between Gastric Pain and GERD

By Eskanisa R

19 November 2020

You should seek a doctor if your stomach pain is persistent.

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Pain in the abdomen can come and affect anyone. Some people describe persistent aches and pains in their abdomens is heartburn symptoms. However, that is not always the case of heartburn. In some cases, pain in the stomach or chest, the burning sensation usually after eating may be sign and symptom of Gastroesophageal reflux disease also known as GERD.
The symptoms of gastric pain and GERD are similar to those of pain in the stomach or chest. It may be hard o tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, but here we are trying summarized similarities and differences from vary resources.
Healthline describe, Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD happens when contents from your stomach move up into your esophagus because the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is not working properly.
Acid reflux cause uncomfortable burning feeling in your chest, develop a bitter taste at your mouth, and sometimes lead to breathing problems. If people have those symptoms (acid reflux) more than twice a week, they might have GERD.
Meanwhile, gastric pain used to describe pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen caused by certain bacteria. It followed with typical symptoms including feeling fullness (pressure) in your abdomen, pain, and nausea.
Even both of them come from inflammation on stomach, they require different treatments. People with gastric pain will be treated depending on the needs, while GERD treatment could be focused on lower esophageal sphincter (LES).
However, both can manage the discomfort with their own lifestyle changes including eat a right amount of food, avoid lying down after following meals, prevent spicy and fatty foods, prevent alcohol and caffeine drinks as well as limit your smoking.

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