GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is sometimes just called reflux. Normally, food goes from the mouth through the food pipe and then into the belly. The food pipe is also called the esophagus. This condition happens when the contents of the belly leak into the food pipe. This leaking can irritate the food pipe. You may feel a burning pain in your chest called heartburn. You may have burping, bloating, and belly pain after eating. GERD can be treated in many different ways. Sometimes, doctors use drugs or suggest changes in lifestyle. Other times, diet changes or surgery is needed.
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