Acid reflux is on the rise. A headline like this causes one to start thinking about illnesses in the past, before antibiotics, that swept the country with unrelenting consequences. Although many of those illnesses are now controlled if not done away with completely, many Americans still experience poor health. Acid reflux or GERD can be chronic and painful. It can lead to more serious diseases or even cancer. However, the drastic rise in patients with acid reflux in many cases may be avoidable. One of the leading causes of acid reflux is obesity.
Don't they say ignorance is bliss? Well, not in this case. What you don't know could actually be killing you! You may already be familiar with acid reflux, which in itself can be quite a dangerous condition. Silent reflux takes it a step further by keeping the victim in the dark. With none of the usual outward manifestations of acid reflux (like indigestion or heartburn), silent reflux can go undetected for prolonged periods of time. The condition is also known as Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) because, in addition to the esophaghus, it also causes damage to the larynx and the pharynx - meaning your voice box and your throat.
Most people are familiar with the medical condition known as acid reflux, characterized by heartburn, dyspepsia, and regurgitation. While these are the more common side effects of this condition, there is one that most people ignore, not suspecting that it has anything to do with the condition at hand - back pain.