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How long does it take for acid reflux to go away?

A reader once asked:

“I started suffering from the symptoms of acid reflux the week after Thanksgiving. On December 21, I went to a doctor and he gave me Prevacid. Ive been taking that since then. I started feeling much better about a week after I started taking the medication, but my symptoms are not all the way gone. Sometimes I still feel like I have a lump at the back of my throat and I have to burp a lot. Occasionally I’m slightly nauseous. How long does it typically take to recover from acid reflux, or do you recover at all? And when I run out of medication, should I be fine by then or will I need more? I have enough for about a month and a half. I do plan on going back for a check up at the end of this month as well, as my doctor asked me to.”

Answer:

To recover fully from or cure acid reflux, it usually takes a lifestyle change. If you have burning from acid reflux in your chest or throat, then stomach acid has already harmed your esophagus. What is good for the pharmaceutical companies is that only 5% of individuals are willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes so they have to either stay on medication or elect a more radical solution such as surgery. If you are one of the 5%, then let me recommend an outstanding eBook that will solve your problems. I know, because it solved mine, and it comes with a guarantee.

To fully answer this question you first have to understand acid reflux and how your body works. The simple explanation is that acid reflux is caused by stomach acid flowing back up the esophagus and maybe into the throat. When it flows into the esophagus and eats away at the protective lining, you will have a burning sensation. It is acid after all. Why does this happen and how do you cure it?

It’s like a perfect storm, you have to have a few things happening for you to get acid reflux. The first is too much stomach acid. There are a lot of reasons for this. It could be caused by spicy food, carbonated beverages, medications, eating too much; and the list goes on. The second thing that must happen is that the lower esophageal sphincter valve (LES) must fail. If both of these things happen then the stomach acid is allowed to flow into the esophagus. The LES is located at the juncture of the esophagus and the stomach. It is a one way valve that is suppose to only let food in and nothing else out. Sometimes these fail for varies reasons and then the acid is allowed to flow backwards. There is another valve at the juncture of the larynx or throat and the esophagus called the Upper Esophageal Sphincter (UES) and if this fails then you will have the burning in your throat. (If you want to learn more about the causes and how they are linked to the anatomy, go to the “understanding acid reflux disease” page or use the search for specific topics. I have written a lot of articles on the subject)

To stop acid reflux, one of the solutions is to reduce the amount of acid in your stomach, and this is what medication such as Prevacid does. It blocks the production of acid and if there is no acid, there is no acid reflux; however, about 20% of the time medications fail.

A final note concerning acid reflux medication: The FDA has somewhat reversed their approval of these types of drugs and has released a warning. Please take a couple of minutes and read the warning before starting any medication treatment.

It is most likely that if you don’t make a lifestyle change you will either have to choose between medication and surgery.