Prevent Post-Thanksgiving Heartburn

Does eating often leave you in pain? Take this quiz to find out if you suffer from a common digestive condition.

by More.com Health Editors
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Photograph: Cameron Whitman

If your Thanksgiving feast is going to include fatty foods, tomato-based products, chocolate, peppermint, excess alcohol or coffee, you may be setting yourself up for post-dinner discomfort. All of these popular substances are known to exacerbate gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, a condition in which a faulty valve between the stomach and esophagus allows stomach contents to leak backwards into the esophagus. Symptoms include heartburn, acid regurgitation, wheezing and a sore throat and cough. Think you may suffer from GERD? Take this test to find out.

• Do you frequently have one or more of the following: Discomfort behind the breastbone that seems to move upward from the stomach? A burning sensation in the back of your throat? A bitter acid taste in your mouth?

• Do you often have these symptoms after a meal?

• Do you have heartburn or acid indigestion two or more times a week?

• Do you find that antacids only provide temporary relief from these symptoms?

• Are you taking prescription medication to treat heartburn but still have symptoms?

If you answer “yes” to two or more of the following questions, you may have GERD, according to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. See your doctor to confirm diagnosis and to discuss possible treatment options, such as lifestyle modifications and medication.

Read: USA Today

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First Published November 22, 2011

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