Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) happens when a muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it.
It may not be fun, but most everyone has dealt with heartburn or diarrhea at some point. If you're having digestion problems, such as IBS or GERD, doctors may be able to recommend diet tweaks, medication and even alternative therapies to help.
Occasional heartburn is painful enough, but severe heartburn may be a result of GERD. Learn the difference between the two, as well as their triggers and remedies.
Up to 55 million Americans suffer from the constipation, flatulence, occasional painful bowel movement, and bloating of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In this series, we'll explore different aspects of IBS, from how the bowel and colon work, to treatments.