A good night’s sleep is critical for our well-being, our mood, and the flow of our day. When discomfort or illness chronically disturb the sleeping process, it can wreak havoc on our quality of life. Just ask Patricia. Her acid reflux disease prevented her from falling asleep due to stomach acids that would return up through her esophagus and into her throat. What’s worse, Patricia’s primary care physician told her that there was nothing he could do. Then she found out about the Reza Band procedure thanks to a visit to The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates.
That all changed when Patricia turned to Armon Jadidian, M.D., a sinus and skull base surgery specialist at The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates in Winter Park, FL.
“I came in to see Dr. Jadidian because I was having issues that my gastroenterologist could not help me with,” says Patricia. “And Dr. Jadidian recommended the Reza Band to me. It’s made a great deal of improvement in my sleep at night. I don’t wake up feeling like something is in my throat anymore. I’m a real believer in this product.”
What Is Acid Reflux Disease?
Acid reflux is a common condition that features a burning pain, known as heartburn, in the lower chest area. It happens when stomach acid spills back up into the food pipe and irritates the inner lining.
The entrance to the stomach is closed off by a muscle-valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When the LES fails to seal off the stomach completely, stomach acids can escape back up into the esophagus and throat. The results can be:
- Acid indigestion
- Chest pain
- Sleep disturbances
People who experience acid reflux symptoms more than twice a week are said to have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is the leading gastrointestinal condition diagnosed by physicians in the U.S. The American College of Gastroenterology reports that over 60 million people experience heartburn at least once a month, and up to 15 million suffer from it daily.
The risk factors for acid reflux include:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Specific medications for asthma, antihistamines, painkillers, sedatives, and antidepressants
Pregnancy can also bring on acid reflux because additional pressure is placed on the internal organs.
Other symptoms of chronic acid reflux disease may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Tooth erosion and bad breath
- Breathing issues
- Abdominal spasms and discomfort
“I’ve suffered from acid reflux on and off since 2008,” says Patricia. “I was on omeprazole for several years, and initially, Dr. Jadidian doubled my dosage of the drug to see if it would help with the problem. It did help somewhat, but my hair started falling out, so that wasn’t something I was thrilled about. Then Dr. Jadidian said, ‘if you don’t mind trying something new, how about the Reza Band?’ And I said, ‘fine, I’ll give it a shot.’”
What Is the Reza Band Treatment for Acid Reflux Disease?
When other conventional treatments for acid reflux fail to relieve symptoms or provide tangible results, the Reza Band may be an effective option. Traditional treatments include:
- Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) such as omeprazole and rabeprazole
- H2 blockers including cimetidine, ranitidine, and famotidine
- Over-the-counter medicines such as antacids
- Alginate drugs including Gaviscon
The Reza Band, also known as the Reflux Band, is an FDA-approved non-medication, non-surgical device designed to reduce the symptoms of laryngopharyngeal acid reflux. It can be purchased over the counter without a prescription.
The Reza Band was designed for patients to wear while sleeping at night. The state-of-the-art device applies slight, external pressure to the ring of cartilage that surrounds the trachea, or windpipe near the middle of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. As the internal pressure in the upper esophageal sphincter (UES) is increased, acid reflux is prevented from reaching the throat, voice box, and lungs.
“I had to get a probe test, and it did verify that I had acid reflux,” says Patricia. “(The Reza Band) has made a great deal of difference in the quality of my sleep at night. The first couple of nights, you want to take the Reza Band off because you’re not used to having something around your neck, but then you get used to it.”
Developed by Reza Shaker, M.D., the Reza Band has proven its effectiveness and safety having undergone scientific and clinical research conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
After her brief adjustment period, Patricia says she wouldn’t want to sleep with anything else. “And some nights, there have been a few nights, when I feel the reflux starting, and I’ll realize that I forgot to put the Reza Band on,” she says.
“I don’t want to go to bed without it because the problem has caused me a lot of sleepless nights. I wouldn’t hesitate for one minute; I would much rather wear the Reza Band than have to take medication. And I very seldom take my omeprazole anymore, because the Reza Band has helped me get along better in the daytime as well.”
After her successful treatment for acid reflux, Patricia is grateful for Dr. Jadidian’s resourcefulness as well as having him in her corner when her husband needed a physician to treat his hearing loss.
“Dr. Jadidian has also worked with my husband and his hearing issues,” says Patricia. “I’m very impressed by the fact that he was up on the Reza Band and knew to recommend it in the first place, as opposed to the gastroenterologist I’d been seeing since 2008, who told me I was going to have to live with it.”
If you or someone you know has been suffering from acid reflux disease, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and address any of your concerns.