GERD, the acronym for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is a fancy name for frequent acid reflux, or heartburn. The esophagus is the tube that transfers the food from the mouth to the stomach, and when that food is spicy or irritating to the esophageal tube, it can burn, scar and cause an annoying feeling. The disease GERD develops after continuous abuse, and the muscle at the end of the tube no longer closes properly. Since your parent has lived a lifetime eating various food that may have caused acid reflux your mother or father may be experiencing the symptoms that the senior caregiver recognizes and recommends dietary changes. However, dietary changes alone may not correct the discomfort caused by GERD.
Mom or dad may find the nutritional changes suggested by the senior caregiver are overall good for them, they are still experiencing the same symptoms, and in some cases, without further diagnosis and treatment their condition may get worse. The professional senior caregiver in Dayton, OH also notes that it is not their job to diagnosis your parent and when your loved one has a health issue they should be seen by a medical professional. Specifically, in women, many of the symptoms of GERD are also early warning signs of a heart attack and they should not be ignored. The heaviness in the chest, burning in the neck and throat and continuous feeling of indigestion may not be GERD at all but instead a mild heart attack warning your parent that there is something wrong.
The expert senior caregiver suggests that your mother or father should never be afraid of asking for help or calling 911. If mom or dad or you, for that matter are in doubt if the symptoms are heart-related do not hesitate to obtain emergency care. Although this is not to alarm your parent, if GERD is not attended to and treated, it could lead to an ER visit or more.