Health System Participating in National GERD Week Nov. 22-28, 2009

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Nov. 20, 2009 – GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a condition which develops when the back-flow (reflux) of stomach contents causes troublesome symptoms and/or complications. Severe health problems can result if it is not treated properly.

Chronic heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. However, acid regurgitation (refluxed material into the mouth) is another common symptom. There are also numerous less common symptoms other than heartburn that may be associated with GERD. These may include:

  • Belching
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • A sudden excess of saliva
  • The sensation of food sticking in the esophagus
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Laryngitis
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Erosion of the enamel of the teeth
  • Chronic irritation in the throat
  • Hoarseness in the morning
  • A sour taste
  • Bad breath

To bring attention to this serious, but treatable condition that impacts millions of Americans, the Southeast Georgia Health System Heartburn Care Center is participating in the 11th Annual GERD Awareness Week, Nov. 22-28. Jacquelyn Bridges, RN, coordinator, Heartburn Care Center, will have a table in front of the Brunswick Campus Cafeteria, 2415 Parkwood Drive, Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 23-25, to answer questions and provide informational materials about this serious condition.

For more information regarding GERD, call the Heartburn Care Center at 912-466-4070 or 1-866-931-9220 to speak with our heartburn coordinator. You may also call the International Foundation for Functional Gastro-intestinal Disorders’ (IFFGD) Heartburn Helpline at 1-888-964-2001 or visit www.aboutgerd.org.