The holiday meal has been consumed, the plates cleared away, and then you feel it - that all-too-familiar burning sensation of heartburn. While just about everyone experiences episodes of heartburn or "indigestion" from time to time, heartburn that occurs more than once a week, becomes more severe, or occurs at night and wakes you from sleep may indicate something more. An underlying condition such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) could be the cause.
This week marks the 18th annual GERD Awareness Week. Each year during the week of Thanksgiving, IFFGD encourages people experiencing symptoms which may be GERD-related to talk to their doctor.