Cleveland Clinic researchers previously tested the Medcline in patients with gastroesophygeal reflux disease (GERD), although that data has not been published. While GERD tends to present as classic heartburn symptoms, LPR can be more subtle and harder to diagnose, says Rajkumar Dasgupta, MD, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California, who was not involved in the study. It can also happen at any time of day, he explains, which is something to keep in mind when considering positional therapy for LPR.
“Of course [LPR] can happen at night but remember it can happen also during the day, so just using the pillow might not be the answer by itself,” Dasgupta says.
He recommends lifestyle changes like avoiding spicy foods, cutting back on alcohol, and eating well before bedtime, in addition to positional therapy. “I’m always happy when there’s non-medical options for patients,” he says.