As the name suggest, silent acid reflux is a reflux condition that does not cause heartburn at all. Since heartburn is the most common occuring symptoms for acid reflux, without the symptom, the sufferer may more know that the acid reflux is affecting them.
Studies have found that silent acid reflux is a major cause of awakening during the middle of the night while sleeping. Hence to prevent this problem, it is recommended that people with this condition avoid eating at least 2 hours before bedtime. Also, try to avoid having alcohol during this period of time. Raising the head while sleeping in the bed is also effective in preventing reflux during sleep.
One highly recommended product for this by both sufferers and doctors is an acid reflux pillow. While all the remedies for silent acid reflux are similar to that of a typical heartburn condition, both of these conditions can also caused damage and scarring to the lining of the esophagus with acid backing up to the esophagus tract. Over time, both of these may ultimately lead to esophagael cancer if not treated.
Silent acid reflux
Why does the condition shows no symptom? As the lower esophagus tract close to the stomach is less sensitive compared to the upper esophagus tract, a minor acid reflux that causes the acid to back up to the lower section of the esophagus may sometimes not enough to trigger the burning sensation due to the less sensitivity of this region. Only when the acid moves higher up the tract can the sufferer feels the burning pain of the acid.
So how do you know you are having a silent acid reflux when there is no symptom? Well, although there isn’t any symptom at all, there are however some tell sign that may indicate the problem such as choking while sleeping, trouble taking after waking up in the morning, excess mucus in the throat, difficulty swallowing as well as horseness in the voice. Generally all these tell signs comes from the throat.
Hence, if you suspect that you are having this issue, it would be wise to check with a doctor to rule out any issue with reflux. Doctors may recommend some medications, advice as well as dietary and lifestyle changes to help you get rid of the condition, while in the more severe cases, surgery may be ultimately needed. Read also about home remedy with vinegar for heartburn.