Acid reflux is common symptom experienced by those who have GERD, a digestive disorder. Its most common symptom is heartburn, accompanied by indigestion, headaches, vomiting and nausea. Mostly people may not experience acid reflux and it’s no cause of concern. When symptoms are extreme, accompanied by vomiting it’s time to consult doctor because this can damage the oseophagus and rot teeth. Long-term acid reflux could be a symptom of a more serious condition so it’s best to get it checked out.
While chest pain, heartburn, or some difficulty in swallowing or bitter taste in the mouth are the usual symptoms of gastoesophageal reflux disease, many of those who’re suffering from GERD also report splitting or migraine headaches. These headache bouts may get worse when sufferers also experience heartburn.
Usually acid reflux occurs due to fatty foods, spicy foods, smoking, being overweight, chocolates, stress, pregnancy, asthma inhalers, anti-inflammatories, and hiatus hernia. Lying immediately after eating may cause indigestion. Many people try to overcome this by taking antacids because they neutralize the acid. Changes in lifestyle such as giving up smoking or losing weight can prevent symptoms from recurring.
IF your GERD is the reason for your acid reflux, it will not be possible to relieve the symptoms easily. In this case, band of muscle lying between the oesophaugs and the stomach becomes loose allowing stomach acids to flow back to the mouth. This leads to bad breath and some bitter taste in the mouth. Proton pump inhibitors can reduce this acid production in the stomach and can help prevent recurring acid reflux.
Headaches, Dizziness, And Acid Reflux
Sometimes acute acid reflux may cause vomiting because acid build up causes some discomfort. This may affect body’s ability to absorb nutrients resulting in regular low blood sugar levels. Headaches and dizziness are symptoms of low sugar levels and when they go down further it can cause fainting.
Sometimes acid reflux treatments may induce feeling of lightheadedness and headaches. If you’re experiencing them see your doctor.
Migraine symptoms include; vomiting, upset stomach, headaches and dizziness. You may also experience acid reflux during the onset of your migraine. In some cases, inner ear infections may cause nausea and vomiting due to balance issues. If you’re experiencing them, your doctor may refer you to a throat and nose specialist.
In a widely published questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study that assessed 54,000 patients, it was found that headache incidences were higher in individuals with acid reflux and other digestive issues.
The study, published in an International Journal of Headache, it was concluded that higher headache frequency was often associated with a greater risk of gastrointestinal problems.
What’s the reason for pain in other parts of the body due to digestive ailment? Let’s have a close look at the connection.
POTS explains the connection
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), is an autonomic condition in which very little blood returns back to the heart while a person moves from lying to the standing up position.
POTS is accompanied by dizziness, nausea and headaches. This condition affects vegetative nervous system that controls digestion, major organs and respiratory system.
In this condition, heart rate increases rapidly when a person moves from sitting to standing position often causing fainting and dizziness. Patients recuperate need cardiologist
The biggest complication of this particular condition is higher susceptibility to various gastrointestinal issues like GERD. So, if you’re suffering from POTS, you’ll definitely suffer from GERD as well, and you will also experience headaches that may worsen when you’re midst of an acid reflux bout.
POTS may affect both women and men equally and is mostly prevalent in the age groups of 14 to 55, often immediately after a major surgery, trauma or some viral infection. However, a person suffering from GERD, and also experiencing headaches might not necessarily have POTS.
Will Bad Digestion cause Headaches?
If a person is not suffering from POTS, then there’s another reason for headaches. When a person suffers from GERD, the stomach’s acidity level is usually low. A stomach with low acidity will not digest food efficiently.
This occurs because organisms in stomach (H. Pylori) have vanished due to acidic environment. these particular bacteria ferment the food that should otherwise be digested and may lead to formation of many noxious gases. These gases exert pressure within the stomach and may lead to bloating. These gases may also put pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and may force it to open in the upward direction. This may spill acidic stomach contents inside the esophagus, leading to heartburn. Actually, LES is a sort of muscular valve that guards the entrance of esophagus to the stomach, and when working properly, it will not allow any backflow of stomach contents.
These highly noxious gases quickly permeate the sinuses and fluids, and even enter our brain and expand. With expansion, there is greater pressure on the brain walls causing intense headaches. These headaches will persist until most of these gases are removed through natural bodily processes. This is the reason why your headaches worsen when acid reflux is in progress.
Taking a headache pill will never address the root cause!
Acid reflux and migraine
Mostly people prefer to pop a pill for their headache.
Unfortunately, most NSAIDs and common pain-relief medications like aspirin can make your GERD worse. So the only way to get some relief is to treat the exact cause of the headache (if it’s due to acid reflux).
GERD often occurs due to low stomach acids that leads to colonization of stomach by harmful bacteria like H. pylori. It’s growth not only causes GERD but also ulcers.
Bacterial overgrowth in small intestine (SIBO) can also worsen an existing GERD. Eliminating H. pylori and SBIO and improving the imbalance in the gut microflora (helpful bacteria) is definitely the first crucial step towards complete relief from GERD.
The best approach is to regulate acid production through lifestyle and diet changes and by keeping stress in check. This will help in treating GERD. Remember, healthy gut is your gateway to lasting wellness and health. When you keep your digestion healthy, you definitely help in keeping your body hale and hearty.
Herbal remedies for heartburn
Natural treatment is the best option and is very helpful in treating various heartburn symptoms.
Cooling your Heartburn
People often spend tons of money and time in searching for ways to get relief. Did you know, you can get relief in just few pennies. In fact, herbal approach can even treat your heartburn forever.
Many studies in the past have proved its efficacy in treating heartburn. It improves mucous coating of the esophageal lining, which resists irritating effects of various stomach acids. It’s available as DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated licorice) in liquid or pill form.
Just one cup of chamomile tea has a highly soothing effect on your digestive tract. If you’re suffering from ragweed allergy, avoid chamomile.
Ginger root is very helpful digestive aid. It’s been used for decades as a folk remedy for heartburn.
Many other natural remedies can be used to treat heartburn, but there is limited scientific evidence to confirm their efficacy. Fennel, Catnip, papaya tea and marshmallow root are said to aid digestion and stop heartburn. Many people prefer eating fresh papaya to resolve their digestive issues. In fact, many people swear by raw potato juice (four times a day) to help digestive issues. A homeopathic remedy (vomit nut) is also a good option for natural heartburn fix.
If symptoms persist it means it may be due to some more serious condition. Record your symptoms in a diary because it will help your doctor to determine the cause. Once the cause is determined you will be able to receive the right treatment. If left untreated, acid reflux may damage esophagus and increase the chances of developing Barrett’s oesophagus. Oesophagus cells may change making them precancerous.
Usually proton pump inhibitors such as; Lansoprazole, Omeprazole, Nexium, Esomeprazole and Loses treat acid reflux. They help in reducing amount of stomach acid produced relieving heartburn and indigestion. This treatment works so if your symptoms persist it’s likely you’re suffering from some other condition.