Diagram Of Back Pain

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which acids from the stomach flow back up into the esophagus (an action called reflux). Reflux occurs if the muscular actions of the lower esophagus or other protective mechanisms fail.

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The hallmark symptoms of GERD are:

  • Heartburn: a burning sensation in the chest and throat.
  • Regurgitation: a sensation of acid backed up in the esophagus.

Although acid is a primary factor in...

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