Acid reflux and heartburn are common symptoms of oesophagitis, inflammation of the oesophagus. It is possible that if you have oesophageal catarrh, or oesophagus inflammation as it is also called, you will also experience such intense pain and pressure across the chest that it can be confused with a heart attack. If you have asthma, you may experience severe discomfort due to reflux during the night. There are also those who receive ongoing asthma treatment, but where the very cause of the problem is actually acid reflux. in these instances, asthma medication does not help. When you lie down, bend forward to pick something up, or carry something heavy, it is common for the problem to get worse. In these situations it is also common to potentially experience that you have tough, frothy saliva that is difficult to swallow and may need to be spat out.
If you have problems with a weakened diaphragm, you may get heartburn and acid reflux, which means that the acidic contents in the stomach move back up the oesophagus. Once in the oesophagus, they cause gastric acid burns, as the mucous membranes are not adapted to protect against them. The oesophagus tries to protect its mucous membranes by producing a secretion. This is the reason why the tough mucus that some people experience is worse at night or during the morning.
The root cause of reflux is a hiatus hernia, which you can read more about here. Many people suffer from acid reflux or heartburn every now and then, but some experience constant discomfort (if the symptoms are constant, always seek medical advice) and in either case, gastric acid may cause burns to the oesophageal mucous membranes, causing catarrh, also called oesophagitis. Over time, if you have cell changes in your oesophagus due to the gastric acid burns, this is known as Barrett’s oesophagus.
There are several ways to alleviate oesophageal catarrh. One example is lifestyle changes, which involves eating healthily and losing weight if you are overweight. Another example could be avoiding late meals, raising the head end of your bed and taking acid-neutralising medications. All this can help alleviate your symptoms, but does not deal with the root cause. In very severe cases you may be offered surgery, but this option is now rare because the treatment results are sometimes temporary or the surgery may pose a risk of complications.
One method that is unique and does not have any negative side effects is IQoro, a neuromuscular training device that we call the throat trainer. It strengthens the entire chain of muscles, from lips to diaphragm and stomach. The training is simple and takes only 90 seconds of your day. Behind IQoro is 20 years of research in collaboration with the university hospitals in Uppsala, Linköping and Umeå. The neuromuscular training device is CE marked according to the Swedish Medical Products Agency’s health, safety and environmental requirements.
IQoro is a neuromuscular training device. It allows you to strengthen the muscles that you can’t usually train - at least not by consciously controlling these muscles. The instructions to activate these ‘involuntary’ muscles come only from autonomic brain signals. That’s what IQoro stimulates.
All it takes is 90 seconds exercise per day. IQoro uses the body’s natural nerve pathways to activate the muscles from the face, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus and down to the diaphragm where your hernia is situated.
Your injured muscle in the diaphragm is strengthened, and gradually your symptoms will disappear as you address their cause. Some maintenance training will be required after your symptoms have gone to keep your original symptoms at bay.
Internationally patented and manufactured in Sweden.
CE marked, Class 1 Medical Device
IQoro is based on many years’ scientific research, and is certified for sale and use in the EU and EEA countries.
IQoro naturally strengthens the musculature from the face, oral cavity, upper airways, esophagus down to the diaphragm and stomach without any side-effects.
Malin’s swallowing difficulties became a torment
Malin Wallin, a 25 year old has always been slim but has never had a problem with eating. Until her last year in high school that is, when - without any warning - she began to be affected by a persistent feeling of having a lump in the throat and trouble with swallowing. It would take several years before she would be helped by a new treatment method in the form of a neuromuscular exercise device and regime from IQoro.
It is a very modest young lady that turns up to the interview to tell us about her tough years with swallowing difficulties, difficulties that of course have caused anxiety, worry and social isolation at many shared mealtimes.
- For many years it has been a torment to eat in the company of others. I carried with me a constant fear of having something stick in my throat, and I avoided mealtimes with colleagues or friends, says Malin, who now works as a childcarer...
Niklas’ feelings of constant queasiness are gone
Niklas had dieted with the LCHF method and lost weight, but he was afflicted by a reflux problem (LPR) when he went back to an ordinary diet.
Food leaked up from his stomach at night giving a feeling of queasiness and an irritating, persistent, dry cough. After he had researched the problem, Nicholas concluded that he was suffering from dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties.
– It was always gurgly in my throat and the swallowing difficulties came more intense, says Nicolas.
In the end, he sought professional help and underwent a gastroscopy, but nothing abnormal was to be seen.
– It was frustrating! Sometimes I couldn’t even sleep at night because it felt as though the remains of my food were still in my esophagus, and were leaking up into my throat.
Reviewed by: Dr. Mary Hägg, Doctor of Medicine, Post-doctoral researcher at Uppsala University specialising in orofacial medicine, Head of Department at the Speech and Swallowing Centre: Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic at Hudiksvall Hospital, Sweden. Registered Dentist. October 2018.