GERD Awareness Week is Here!

The week of Thanksgiving has finally arrived, but this week also holds another important purpose. This is the 17th Annual GERD Awareness Week! Held from November 20-26 this year, GERD Awareness Week serves as a time for communities, health professionals, teachers, and individuals to come together and help raise awareness and support for people living with GERD.

Honoring GERD Awareness Week in Birmingham, Alabama

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a very common digestive disorder that can cause frequent heartburn, inflamed gums, chronic sore throat, bad breath, and many other undesirable symptoms. As a condition that affects over 7 million People in the United States, raising awareness to help support those afflicted by GERD is something we should all help with.

Along with helping to improve people’s’ understanding of this all-too-common condition, this week also serves as an opportunity to bring attention to the needs of GERD clinical research. GERD clinical research is crucial in helping understand the causes of GERD and how to treat them. This research leads to important discoveries that help improve treatment options for patients and aims to give people with GERD a greater quality of life.

GERD Causes and Symptoms

GERD is brought on by the occurrence of frequent acid reflux. You experience acid reflux when bile or stomach acid gets backed up into the esophagus causing irritation. This is the result of a weakened or improperly functioning valve in your lower esophageal sphincter.

This valve controls the flow of food and liquid from your esophagus to your stomach. However, when this is not working properly, bile and stomach acid can flow back into your esophagus. This results in frequent heartburn which can cause damage to the lining of your esophagus and leads to serious health issues such as Barrett’s esophagus, bleeding in the esophagus, and narrowing of the esophagus.

woman is suffering from symptoms of GERD

If you are living with GERD, one of the major symptoms you will experience is frequent heartburn. Many people tend to confuse heartburn with GERD. However, the two are in fact not the same. The truth is that heartburn on it’s own is not a chronic condition. Although, it can be a recurring symptom that is triggered by acid reflux and GERD.

In addition to chronic heartburn, there are several other symptoms that are associated with this digestive disorder. The most common symptoms of GERD include:

  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • Burping or belching
  • Experiencing a sudden excess of saliva (known as waterbrash)
  • Chronically irritated throat
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Experiencing peculiar hoarseness in the morning
  • Inflamed gums
  • Experiencing a sensation of food getting stuck in your esophagus (known as dysphagia)
  • Laryngitis
  • Bad breath
  • Experiencing a sour taste
  • Erosion of your teeth enamel

How to Get Involved for GERD Awareness Week

The most important thing you can do during GERD Awareness Week is get involved in spreading awareness in your community. Your actions could help support GERD research, fund treatment and patient care for patients with GERD and encourage others to help raise awareness for GERD.

Looking to get involved in raising awareness for GERD in your community this year? Here are some ways you can help make an impact:

  • Visit the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (iffgd) website to learn more about GERD and supporting GERD Awareness Week
  • Print out awareness posters from sites like iffgd and hang them throughout your community
  • Help share this great informational video from with your friends and family
  • Encourage the funding of GERD research by talking to your local legislators
  • Educate yourself on the complications and realities of living with GERD and be an example for community by taking action

GERD can severely impact your health and quality of life. This GERD Awareness Week help be a voice of hope for those suffering from this condition and spread GERD awareness in your community!

GERD Clinical Trials in Birmingham

At Achieve Clinical Research, we recognize the need for further research and better treatment options for those living with GERD. In an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life for people with GERD, we are conducting GERD clinical studies. Our studies are conducted at our state of the art facilities in Birmingham, Alabama.

man suffering from heart burn

If you have been diagnosed with GERD, you could qualify for one of our upcoming clinical trials. All patient care is provided free of charge. For those who complete a trial with us, compensation for time and travel may also be provided.

If you are interested in participating in one of our GERD clinical trials, check out our patient resource center, or give us a call at (205) 757-8208.



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