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 night s sleep, it makes it hard to concentrate at work, and it interferes with family activities. Sound familiar? Don t worry. Heartburn is a pain, but it can be helped. Heartburn & Reflux For Dummies is the plain-English guide to relief for you if you ve been recently diagnosed with heartburn or reflux, if you suspect you may suffer from it, or if you re 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. You ll see how to: Get your symptoms under control Find the right physician Reduce stress and fine-tune your diet Avoid medicines that trigger upset Decide if surgery is right for you This 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. There s 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. You ll also discover: How to heal the esophagus of inflammation or injury, as well as manage or prevent complications The latest information on prescription medications and side effects Healthy habits to adopt to reduce your pain triggers Helpful home remedies and alternative medicine The special risks and remedies for heartburn during pregnancy The side effects and complications associated with surgery Complete 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!