A barium swallow radiograph is a diagnostic tool used to diagnose GERD. The test identifies structural damage to the esophagus including stricture, active ulcer craters, hiatal hernia, erosion, or other abnormalities that may indicate acid reflux disease. The patient swallows a solution that contains barium then x-rays are taken of the esophagus.
Pregnancy can be a huge trigger for many dealing with acid reflux. Women who have never dealt with heartburn before can be sidelined with severe burning and pain. During pregnancy the levels of progesterone increase dramatically and can allow the LES to relax. This relaxation causes a backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. Add to that a…