November – Digestive Aids
It was Sarah’s freshman year in college when she first experienced chest pain. Lying down after a full night of studying, she just wasn’t able to fall asleep and the pain that crept into her chest just kept getting more intense. Now midnight, in a panic, she called home. “Dad, I think I’m having a heart attack,” she said. Her dad laughed and said no way. She was too young for any chance of a heart attack. It was probably just stress.
After that night, the chest pain sporadically continued. Sarah worked on relaxation techniques and mediation but the chest pain, to no avail just continued to happen. She sought medical attention and with all the common pressures of college the doctor decided it was anxiety. Small dose of Xanax should do the trick, or so she was hoping. She wasn’t a huge fan, plus the chest pain continued.
It wasn’t until her first job out of college when she was talking with her boss about some foods that were literally “hard to swallow.” She was telling him that anything that was dry, like potatoes or raw broccoli sometimes get stuck and trigger an anxiety attack. After listening to her, he shared he had the same problem but it wasn’t anxiety that causes the chest pain, it was GERD. Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease. So she researched the condition and then it all made sense.
All this time she thought it was psychological when it was actually a physical condition causing a slew of problems. With some change of diet and medication, Sarah was able to get her heartburn, chest pain, and esophageal spasms under control.
Does this story sound familiar? For a lot of people, sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint the exact cause of digestive disorders. With many possible sensitivities, allergies, and unbalanced diets, no wonder its trial and error.
Whether you have suspicions of IBS, GERD, Chrohn’s, an ulcer, constipation, diarrhea, or acid reflux, start by keeping a food diary. This can help narrow down what could be causing your dietary distress. Take it to your physician and review the possible candidates of concern.
In the mean time, to get you through the bloating, cramping, heartburn, and other symptoms of over indulging during the upcoming crazy holiday months, here is Your Guide to Digestive Aids. We hope you find relief and as always, feel free to ask us questions. Certain medications could cause drug interactions or interfere with your current regimen, therefore it is important to consult your physician or pharmacist before taking an over the counter medication or supplement.
Click here for more information on Common Digestive Conditions:
http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/common-digestive- conditions-from- top-bottom/
This story is based on an actual patient of CustomPlus Pharmacy. For privacy reasons, we have changed her name.