Future Developments for GERD
Although today the medical profession is more knowledgeable than ever about the causes and treatments that really work for patients suffering from acid reflux, there are still some issues which need to be addressed. Of particular interest is the connection between heartburn and acid reflux, and damage to the oesophagus which is still very much a grey area. It remains unclear why only a few instances of acid reflux cause heartburn, and why there is no apparent correlation between acidity of the stomach and development of the symptoms of heartburn. It is still a mystery why sometimes those who do not suffer from acid reflux can feel the pain of heartburn, without damaging their oesophagus. With increased knowledge on this field, and particularly within these related areas, scientists to work towards developing more effective medication and stronger calming treatments to make life more bearable for the millions of acid reflux sufferers across the world.
Additionally, very little is known about the non-acidic reflux which can occur, and can potentially harm the oesophagus and its lining. Some reflux is known to contain strong enzymes and substances such as bile which are clearly harmful, although very little is know as to its causes, and the extent to which it can be injurious to the gastrointestinal tract. A new process to measure the damage caused by the non-acidic reflux, and perhaps a way to detect the occurrence of such reflux would be of great benefit to both professional diagnosticians and patients alike. This could perhaps unlock the key to fully understand non-acidic reflux and potentially creating a cure for the condition which undoubtedly goes hand in hand with acid reflux for many patients.
Furthermore, with advances in surgery and surgical techniques, the current procedure for acid reflux surgery will continue to be refined, and will hopefully present the opportunity for even longer term results and calming effects. Perhaps a suitable way of eradicating the condition altogether will one day be developed, although I’d suggest such a day will not come for many years, based on the variety and complexity of the condition’s causes.
The issues surrounding acid reflux, non acid reflux and its complications are numerous and of great importance to the medical community. There is a great deal of ongoing research and testing into various methods of curbing the effects of acid reflux permanently, and the different types of reflux patients suffer from. Perhaps as technology continues to advance, we will be able to learn more about these great mysteries, and work towards a more effective way to diminish these obtrusive symptoms.
If you’re worried about the symptoms of GERD, or you feel you may have been inappropriately diagnosed, it is always recommended to consult your physician, who will do his best to allay your fears and anxieties. Additionally, you doctor will be able to monitor your condition, and suggest alternative treatment methods, as well as perhaps working to further research on GERD and the associated conditions and complications.