The first step in acid reflux treatment is to try a few lifestyle changes. These changes may not be as difficult as you think. The first change to make is a change in the way you eat. Eating smaller meals four or five times a day is much better than eating three larger meals which is the traditional way of eating. This has more benefits than just helping to control acid reflux symptoms. When you eat smaller meals your body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest the meal. It is more likely the body will digest all of a smaller meal. With a larger meal, the part that is not digested could turn to fat.
Another lifestyle change is to quit smoking if you currently smoke. I know this is hard and you probably have tried many times before. Try a new approach, get a buddy system going, or ask your physician for help. This acid reflux treatment has numerous health benefits to the body when you finally succeed.
Try sleeping on your side instead of your stomach or back. The left side is better than the right, but either side is better than your back. It is more difficult for the acid to go back into the esophagus if you are lying on your side.
When To See Your Doctor
If simple lifestyle changes do not alleviate the problem, you should consult your doctor for advice. Acid reflux treatment is an important part of maintaining overall good health. Your doctor may feel the problem is severe enough to merit you taking acid reflux treatment medication. Many of these prescription medications are expensive but your doctor can advise you which ones would be best for you to take. Some of the older medications now come in a generic which could save you some money. If your doctor prescribes you a medication it is important for you not to stop taking it without consulting him. There is no known cure and stopping your medication will likely cause your symptoms to resurface.
In extreme cases, acid reflux treatment may involve surgery. This is usually after all other methods are exhausted. Doctors are reluctant to do surgery if there is any way to avoid it. Surgery for the treatment of acid reflux does not have a very high success rate. Reflux surgery often results in complications which can be as bad or worse than the disease itself. Before consenting to surgery it is best to consult more than one doctor. Surgery should be a consideration only after all other methods have failed.