GERD is a condition in which stomach acids travel back into the esophagus abnormally, causing pain and discomfort, most commonly heartburn.Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the abnormal backflow of stomach acid up into the esophagus, the long, muscular tube that connects the back of the mouth to the stomach. The muscle at the border of the esophagus and stomach, called a sphincter, works as a barrier that is normally closed to prevent the contents of the stomach from washing up into the esophagus. It should open only when you swallow. READ MORE

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How I Learned to Thrive With Crohn's Disease

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How to Prevent Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symptoms from Controlling Your Life

Learn how to manage IBD symptoms so you can spend more time enjoying the things that matter most to you.

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It's my hope that after reading this article, you'll feel more comfortable approaching family members and friends with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and be able to have compassionate and thoughtful conversations.

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