Gastro Esophogeal Reflux Disease, or Acid Reflux Disease, is characterized by chronic heartburn or acid reflux, feelings of discomfort or food trapped in the throat and other symptoms. Caused by a weakened esophagus, the painful feelings are due to stomach acid and food entering the esophagus from the stomach. GERD can be brought on by pregnancy, obesity, hernia and other conditions. There are surgical options available, but many symptoms can be eased by lifestyle changes and medication such as antacids. Read more about your options here!