Kind of a weird name for a blog post, don't cha think?
I made it up.
But I made it up because the symptoms of GERD aren't always what you'd expect.
Regurgitation, feeling nauseous, burping. Yeah, those you'd expect.
But I can tell you it also can feel like you are having a heart attack. Not that I've had one of those, but if all of a sudden you were experiencing chest pain that felt like it was wrapping around you, was radiating to other areas (like your jaw) and it hurt to take a full breath, you'd be wondering. I think those symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack, from what I've read.
Those were my symptoms.
Then I developed a cough. And sinus congestion. Really, GERD?
Yup, they are on the symptom list.
Then there is feeling like you have a lump in your throat. Not my symptom, a friend's symptom. That one, too, is on the list. So is hoarseness / laryngitis.
Here's another thing that might be related. My dental hygienist talked me into having an acid test. An acidic environment in your mouth is not good for your teeth. It deteriorates the enamel. So, guess what? The test came back that I have an acidic environment in my mouth. I never understood that, because I eat a mostly alkaline diet. But now I'm wondering if it's connected.
You can google to find a list of GERD symptoms. Here's one from WebMD.
Symptomania, I tell ya.
Then, there is this. Not really symptoms, but triggers. Are you stressed? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating badly? Watch out. You are setting yourself up for disease. Not necessarily this particular one. But stop. Assess your life. Your body is an amazing machine and will run on poor fuel and maintenance for quite awhile. But eventually, it's going to give out if you don't take care of it.
So, let's all show these amazing bodies we have a little love today. The other amazing thing about them is their capacity to heal themselves once we give them what they need for optimal function.
Now, stop reading this, get up from your seat, stretch, smile, and go eat a piece of fruit. Eat it slowly, savoring each bite, chewing fully, and experience that fruit like you never have before.
See, now, didn't that feel good?