If you are experiencing daily heartburn, plus other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting; it might be acid reflux. Call us today for help with your acid reflux!
Occasional heartburn should not be confused with gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. If you suffer from frequent heartburn (2-3 times weekly) you need to seek professional help.
Reflux occurs when acid from the stomach backs up, or refluxes, into the esophagus. Unlike the lining of the stomach, the lining of the esophagus is not acid-resistant and the contact causes pain. Repeated bouts of reflux can cause ulcers, bleeding, and scarring to develop in the esophagus, adding to the pain and distress of the disease.
Simple Methods To Control GERD
While many people may be able to just cut back on smoking, drinking or eating the foods that cause discomfort, others may have to avoid them entirely. Losing weight, especially belly fat, is also helpful in controlling GERD symptoms. If you experience gastrointestinal reflux, you might find that cutting back or avoiding these foods may help:
- Fatty, greasy and fried foods
- Citrus drinks (especially orange and grapefruit)
- Tomato products
- Spearmint or peppermint
It is important to rule out any significant underlying causes for your frequent indigestion. Some symptoms of reflux are the same as some cardiac issues, especially in women. Therefore, we strongly urge that you do not postpone being evaluated by a board-certified gastroenterologist. There are tests that can be performed and significant advancements have been made in the treatment of GERD.
In early December 2012, The American College of Physicians released a statement regarding the overuse of Upper GI's in GERD patients and calling for new guidelines to be used by physicians performing those procedures. Our practice follows the guidelines set out by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and those guidelines are within the scope called for by the American College of Physicians. Our interest in our patients has always been to provide answers and relief - not to perform unnecessary procedures. Dr. Reed Hogan explains why GI Associates follow these guidelines, "...overuse of endoscopy is common in the US and following appropriate guidelines for indications is going to be less risky to the consumers and certainly save health care dollars…"