If you suffer from chronic heartburn the good new is that it has not advanced to acid reflux disease or even worse Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD.) The bad news is that you are not too far away from one of those serious medical conditions developing and then you will have a colossal dilemma to deal with.
As of right now, not to much damage has been done to your vital digestive organs, but once these disease develop along there normal path you will begin to start injuring these body parts critical to your ability to consume food.
The two organs I am speaking of; are the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and the esophagus. Your LES is a valve located at the top of your stomach that opens to let food enter and is then supposed to shut tightly to not let food, acid or other digestive juices be refluxed back up your esophagus.
Your esophagus is a tube that stretches from the back of your throat to your stomach that food passes through. Your stomach produces acid to aid in the digestive process.
This acid is very strong and you could only imagine what would happen to your skin if a few drops of acid were to come in contact with it. Your stomach has a lining of mucus that protects it against the damaging affects of the acid it generates.
Your LES and esophagus to not possess this same defense. Therefore, when acid comes in contact with them; your LES ability to shut tightly is gradually reduced. This means the frequency of your attacks will increase as continued weakening occurs.
When acid comes in contact with you esophagus ulcers or soars develop, just as they would if it were to come in contact with your skin. The more acid reaches it, the larger these ulcers become and a greater number of them develop.
Chronic heartburns patients are just one step away from advancing to acid reflux disease or GERD. Up until now, for the most part only gas has been leaving your stomach; this is what has been causing you the pain you feel.
But the next step in this disease progression is to have acid being regurgitated up from you stomach, through your LES to your esophagus. At this point you have a serious medical problem.
The solutions to these problems if an effective treatment program is not undertaken immediately, is minor surgery to repair either your LES or esophagus or major surgery to remove your esophagus completely.
You can also develop Barrett’s Esophagus, which is a pre-condition of cancer of the esophagus and we all are very aware of where that eventually leads.
Chronic heartburn is no laughing matter and you should consider yourself lucky that is has not gone past this stage. There are effective and safe all-natural treatment programs that can end your problem immediately and permanently if you are serious about solving it once and for all. For your sake, the time stop this disease from advancing further is now, before you starting damaging parts of you body that you can not afford to injury.