NERD causes heartburn but unlike GERD it does not destroy the inner lining of the esophagus. In both cases, the valve at the bottom of the esophagus that is supposed to let food into your stomach and keep it there doesn’t work properly, and instead allows stomach contents to flow back up into the esophagus causing a burning sensation (heartburn).
Upon endoscopic examination of GERD patients, doctors discover inflammation and irritation of the esophagus. This can evolve into esophagitis, ulcers and even bleeding ulcers. With NERD, this irritation is absent. However, some doctors believe that NERD is simply early-stage GERD.
Using medications that are currently widely available to treat NERD come with side effects, including an increased risk of osteoporosis, colon infections and heart attacks.
Experiencing heartburn 4 or more days a week
At least 18 years of age
Participants in this study will receive all study related medical care, examinations, and potential endoscopies (EGD) at no cost to them or their insurance.
If you would like to hear more about this trial, or see if you qualify to participate, please contact us at 801.409.2040. You can also reach us via e-mail or by submitting an interest form in our participate section.