GERD is the Word…Service Connecting for a Common GWI Condition
I recently met a Veteran outside of the office, and the conversation naturally turned back to what we do for a living. (For the record, defending the freedom of millions of Americans really is a lot cooler than blog writing and Tweeting.) When the discussion turned to VA disability, he informed me that had no need for it as there was nothing wrong with him. I naturally asked to follow up questions and determined that he actually had several of the presumptive conditions of Gulf War Illness. This young male served in Iraq and admitted that he sought treatment for joint pain, fatigue and something a little more in-depth. He mentioned that he had some heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and acid reflux. I immediately exclaimed: “you might have GERD…” forgetting briefly that we were in a public place, and others around us had the ability to hear. Why was I so excited about this man’s Gastroesophageal reflux disease? The answer is simple; he could get service-connected for it…and I love helping people. However, I realize from my experience, and the looks from the other restaurant patrons after I shouted out my buddy’s condition, that the general public may not be as familiar with this term as I am.
So, what is GERD? As I am a blogger, not a doctor, I am going to let the fine folks over at the Mayo Clinic tell you the definition. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash of acid irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD signs and symptoms. Honestly, that is not as helpful as I would have hoped, so they also list the symptoms:
- A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), sometimes spreading to the throat, along with a sour taste in your mouth
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Dry cough
- Hoarseness or sore throat
- Regurgitation of food or a sour liquid (acid reflux)
- A sensation of a lump in the throat
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