No More Drinking!


It’s time for me to say “Goodbye Alcohol” and other drinks and foods that produces acids. After experiencing an Acid Peptic Disease, I finally decided to quit drinking of beer and alcoholic beverages. To continue my active life and activities.

To give you an idea with Acid Peptic Disease:


It is more known as Hyperacidity in layman's term. Other name for this are Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is chronic symptoms or mucosal damage caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus. A typical symptom is heartburn.

GERD is usually caused by changes in the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus, including abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, which normally holds the top of the stomach closed; impaired expulsion of gastric reflux from the esophagus, or a hiatal hernia. These changes may be permanent or temporary ("transient").


Another kind of acid reflux, which causes respiratory and laryngeal signs and symptoms, is called laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) or "extraesophageal reflux disease" (EERD). Unlike GERD, LPR is unlikely to produce heartburn, and is sometimes called silent reflux.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
The most-common symptoms of GERD are:

  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation
  • Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)

Less-common symptoms include:

  • Pain with swallowing (odynophagia)
  • Excessive salivation (also known as water brash) is common during heartburn, as saliva is generally slightly alkaline and is the body's natural response to heartburn, acting similarly to an antacid)
  • Nausea
  • Chest pain

GERD sometimes causes injury of the esophagus. These injuries may include:

  • Reflux esophagitis – necrosis of esophageal epithelium causing ulcers near the junction of the stomach and esophagus.
  • Esophageal strictures – the persistent narrowing of the esophagus caused by reflux-induced inflammation.
  • Barrett's esophagus – intestinal metaplasia (changes of the epithelial cells from squamous to intestinal columnar epithelium) of the distal esophagus.
  • Esophageal adenocarcinoma – a rare form of cancer.
  • Several other atypical symptoms are associated with GERD, but there is good evidence for causation only when they are accompanied by esophageal injury. These symptoms are:
  • Chronic cough
  • Laryngitis (hoarseness, throat clearing)
  • Asthma
  • Erosion of dental enamel
  • Dentine hypersensitivity
  • Sinusitis and damaged teeth
  • Pharyngitis

Some people have proposed that symptoms such as sinusitis, recurrent ear infections, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are due to GERD; however, a causative role has not been established.

PREVENTION
Relief is often found by raising the head of the bed, raising the upper body with pillows, or sleeping sitting up. Avoid pillows that raise the head only, as this does little for heartburn and places continuous strain on the neck. Eating a big meal causes excess stomach acid production, and attacks can be minimized by eating small frequent meals instead of large meals, especially for dinner. To minimize attacks, a sufferer may benefit from avoiding foods that may trigger their symptoms. These may include acidic fruit or juice, fatty foods, pretzels, coffee, tea, onions, peppermint, chocolate, or highly spiced foods, especially shortly before bedtime. While there are clearly other health-related benefits associated with dietary interventions, a zealous[specify] recommendation for dietary restrictions is not evidence-based, and there is stronger support for reducing the symptoms of acid reflux found in behavioral changes such as eating less and elevating the head of the bed while sleeping.Tight clothing around the abdomen can also increase the risk of heartburn because it puts pressure on the stomach, which can cause the food and acids in the stomach to reflux to the lower esophageal sphincter.

TREATMENTS
Three types of treatments exist for GERD. These include lifestyle modifications, medications, and surgery.

Lifestyle


DIET
Certain foods and lifestyle are considered to promote gastroesophageal reflux, but a 2006 review suggested that evidence for most dietary interventions is anecdotal; only weight loss and elevating the head of the bed were supported by evidence. A subsequent randomized crossover study showed benefit by avoiding eating two hours before bedtime.

The following may exacerbate the symptoms of GERD:

  • Antacids based on calcium carbonate (but not aluminium hydroxide) were found to actually increase the acidity of the stomach. However, all antacids reduced acidity in the lower esophagus, so the net effect on GERD symptoms may still be positive.
  • Smoking reduces lower esophageal sphincter competence.

POSITON
Sleeping on the left side has been shown to reduce nighttime reflux episodes in patients.
A meta-analysis suggested that elevating the head of the bed is an effective therapy, although this conclusion was only supported by nonrandomized studies. The head of the bed can be elevated by plastic or wooden bed risers that support bed posts or legs, a therapeutic bed wedge pillow, a wedge or an inflatable mattress lifter that fits in between mattress and box spring or a hospital bed with an elevate feature. The height of the elevation is critical and must be at least 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) to be at least minimally effective to prevent the backflow of gastric fluids. Some innerspring mattresses do not work well when inclined and may cause back pain; some prefer foam mattresses. Some practitioners use higher degrees of incline than provided by the commonly suggested 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) and claim greater success.

Medications


Warning: Make sure to consult your Doctor first before undergo medications.


A number of drugs are approved to treat GERD, and are among the most prescribed medication in Western countries.

  • Proton pump inhibitors (such as omeprazole, esomeprazole, pantoprazole, lansoprazole, and rabeprazole) are the most effective in reducing gastric acid secretion. These drugs stop acid secretion at the source of acid production, i.e., the proton pump.
  • Gastric H2 receptor blockers (such as ranitidine, famotidine and cimetidine) can reduce gastric secretion of acid. These drugs are technically antihistamines. They relieve complaints in about 50% of all GERD patients. Compared to placebo (which also is associated with symptom improvement), they have a number needed to treat (NNT) of eight (8).
  • Antacids before meals or symptomatically after symptoms begin can reduce gastric acidity (increase pH).
  • Alginic acid (Gaviscon) may coat the mucosa as well as increase pH and decrease reflux. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials suggests alginic acid may be the most effective of non-prescription treatments with a NNT of four.
  • Prokinetics strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and speed up gastric emptying. Cisapride, a member of this class, was withdrawn from the market for causing long QT syndrome. Reglan (metoclopramide) is a prokinetic with a better side-effect profile.
  • Sucralfate (Carafate) is also useful as an adjunct in helping to heal and prevent esophageal damage caused by GERD, however it must be taken several times daily and at least two (2) hours apart from meals and medications.
  • Mosapride citrate is a 5-HT4 receptor agonist used outside the United States largely as a therapy for GERD and dyspepsia.
  • Baclofen is an agonist of GABAB receptor. In addition to its skeletal muscle relaxant properties, it has also been shown to decrease transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations at a dose of 10mg given four times daily. Reductions in esophageal relaxation clinically reduce episodes of reflux.

Clinical trials which compare GERD treatments head-to-head provide physicians with critical information. Unfortunately most pharmaceutical-company sponsored studies are conducted versus placebo and not an active control. However, the DIAMOND has shown rough equivalence of efficacy between a "step-up" approach to therapy (antacids, followed by histamine antagonists, followed by PPIs) and a "step-down" approach (the reverse). The primary endpoint of the study was treatment success after six months, and was achieved for 70% of patients in "step-down" versus 72% of patients in "step-up."


Surgery


The standard surgical treatment is the Nissen fundoplication. In this procedure the upper part of the stomach is wrapped around the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to strengthen the sphincter and prevent acid reflux and to repair a hiatal hernia. The procedure is often done laparoscopically. When compared to medical management laparoscopic fundoplication had better results at 1 year. In addition, laparoscopic fundoplication may reduce SF-36 score (quality of life questionnaire) among patients with gastro-esophageal reflux disease as compared to medical management according to a Cochrane systematic review of randomized controlled trials. There were statistically significant improvements in quality of life at 3 months and 1 year after surgery compared to medical therapy, with an SF-36 general health score mean difference of -5.23 in favor of surgery (95%CI = -6.83 to -6.82).
An obsolete treatment is vagotomy ("highly selective vagotomy"), the surgical removal of vagus nerve branches that innervate the stomach lining. This treatment has been largely replaced by medication.
Another treatment is transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) with the use of a device called Esophyx, which allows doctors to rebuild the valve between the stomach and the diaphragm by going through the esophagus.

Article was copied from Wikipedia to avoid incorrect informations.

8 comments:

  1. Yeah! Just a health reminder na rin.

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  2. Geebus. I'm hyperacidic too, but haven't really considered quitting drinking. Hehe. Is your case really that bad?

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  3. Not that bad. Actually I'm in good condition now, but decided to quit drinking to lessen diseases and to some personal reasons too.

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  4. that's a good thing...quitting before any problems will arise. thanks for sharing, made me realize to take care of health too :)

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  5. never binge drink, and always in moderation! Thank you. People like you make me realize why health is wealth!

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  6. You're right Pinoy Boy Journals... Drink moderately... Cheers!

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