If you or someone you love suffers from heartburn, you know that it can be very disruptive to your daily life. Most heartburn sufferers say it stops them from enjoying food. Others say it keeps them from getting a good nights sleep, it makes it hard to concentrate at work, and it interferes with family activities. Sound familiar? Dont worry. Heartburn is a pain, but it can be helped.Heartburn & Reflux For Dummies is the plain-English guide to relief for you if youve been recently diagnosed with heartburn or reflux, if you suspect you may suffer from it, or if youre concerned about your loved ones. This comprehensive book shows you how to recognize symptoms, get an accurate diagnosis, and work with a physician to receive the most effective treatment available. Youll see how to:Get your symptoms under controlFind the right physicianReduce stress and fine-tune your dietAvoid medicines that trigger upsetDecide if surgery is right for youThis friendly guide explains what the various forms of reflux are, as all too often reflux is either self-treated or mistreated and followed by serious complications. Theres detailed information on building a comfortable lifestyle by reducing stress, improving your diet, controlling portions, and timing your meals to minimize heartburn and reflux. Plus, this sensitive guide even covers heartburn in infants, children, and the elderly. Youll also discover:How to heal the esophagus of inflammation or injury, as well as manage or prevent complicationsThe latest information on prescription medications and side effectsHealthy habits to adopt to reduce your pain triggersHelpful home remedies and alternative medicineThe special risks and remedies for heartburn during pregnancyThe side effects and complications associated with surgeryComplete with a catalog of heartburn medicines and a list of reliable Web sites for people with digestive disorders, Heartburn & Reflux For Dummies is your one-stop guide to stopping the hurt, starting to heal, and enjoying food again!