Dr. Jeff Roberts is a huge fan of mixed martial arts, but for 35 years he was in constant combat with his own body, fighting to keep his GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, under control. He wasn’t alone. More than 30 million people in the U.S. suffer varying degrees of the same condition.
Stories for Digestive Care
GERD affects some 30 million people in the United States, yet it is surprisingly under-diagnosed. Many people simply accept the burning sensation and acid reflux as “normal.” “Often, patients don’t realize is that GERD is a serious digestive disorder that needs to be managed by medical professionals,” says Dr. Atif Iqbal. “Left undiagnosed or untreated, it can have long term complications.”
For thousands of Americans, Thanksgiving Day may begin with the tempting aromas of savory dishes, only to end in the discomfort of indigestion.
Plenty of fans and coaches lose their voice after watching a hard-fought game, but football coach Matthew Bowman’s ongoing hoarseness over the past year signaled a far more serious yet common condition – gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
When traveling, graphic design consultant Sandy Balthaser was frequently on deadline, so downtime wasn’t an option. Then she was burdened with a hiatal hernia, and with it the stomach-churning gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD).