Lifestyle Changes to Reduce the GERD Symptoms, ICD 10 GERD
Some conditions such as heartburn or acid indigestion are caused by gastroesophageal reflux or also known as GERD. It is a digestive disorder that affects your lower esophageal sphincter (LES). ICD-10 code for GERD is K21. As we know that ICD-10 is a standard diagnostic tool that is used in medical care and research to define diseases. It definitely includes GERD. The ICD-10 code for GERD can be found in Chapter 11, Section K20-K31.
Normally, the LES will open to allow food to pass into the stomach and then it closes to prevent food from flowing back into your esophagus. GERD happens when the LES is weak and allowing your stomach’s contents to flow up into the esophagus. Instead of medication and surgery, GERD can be treated through lifestyle changes. Do the following lifestyle changes to reduce your symptoms such as burning, pressure or pain of heartburn.
- Don’t be Hurry while Eating
Whatever happens, do not rush. Take time to eat and try to put your fork down between bites. If you have a problem with time management that makes you in a hurry, try to control it first.
- Your Stomach Must be Emptied Three Hours Before Bed
If you are used to eat several minutes before bed time, you are at a higher risk of heartburn. Eating at least three hours before bed will give acid levels a chance to decrease before putting your body in a position where the heartburn is more likely to appear.
- Wear Looser Clothes
Although it has not been studied, the pressing of your tight clothes is believed as a reason that will worsen your symptoms. So, wear the loose-fitting clothes that do not compress your abdomen.
- Avoid the Alcohol and Smoking
Nicotine that can be found in smoking can weaken your lower esophageal sphincter. So do the alcohol. Instead of alcohol, you can try some other healthy activities such as exercise, walking or meditation to reduce your stress level.
- Eat Smaller
What I mean by eat smaller is, you have to decrease the size of portions at your meals times. You are better to take four or five small meals instead of three large ones.
- Educate Yourself about the Heartburn Triggers
Some beverages such as coffee, citrus fruits or juices or chocolate, onions and peppermint are known as the heartburn triggers. Make sure that you avoid the triggers. If you are obese or overweight, try a healthy diet to lose your weight.