Symptoms of Acid Reflux
By Digestive and Liver Center of Florida
May 29, 2019
Tags: Acid reflux  

Heartburn—sometimes the pain is awful, isn't it? Resulting from acid reflux, chronic heartburn can, and should be, treated to avoid more serious issues. At Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, your team of seven board-certified gastroenterologists and their support staff help people monitor their Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, resulting in better GI health and overall well-being.

The symptoms of GERD

The American College of Gastroenterology says that 15 million adults in the United States exhibit persistent acid reflux symptoms. Often associated with an incompetent esophageal sphincter, GERD symptoms may include:

  • Burning pain in the chest
  • Hiccups
  • Vomiting
  • Blood in the stool
  • Abdominal bloating, burping, and gas
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Difficulty swallowing or dysphagia (food comes stuck in the esophagus)
  • Wheezing (asthma-like symptoms)
  • A sore throat which persists
  • Weight loss
  • Coughing

 

Diagnosing Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Your Orlando gastroenterologist diagnoses symptoms as GERD when they occur daily or consistently for two weeks or more. Additionally, the doctor will likely order state-of-the-art imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis and to look for damage to the esophagus, strictures, or even evidence of cancerous or pre-cancerous conditions (such as Barrett's esophagus). Typical testing includes endoscopy, ph monitoring, and capsule endoscopy.

With the information gathered, your GI doctor will tailor a treatment plan suited to your individual needs and lifestyle. Treatments may include:

  • Over the counter or prescription medications (H2 blockers, such as Zantac, or Proton Pump Inhibitors, such as Prilosec)
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Smoking cessation (ask your primary care physician about monitored ways to quit)
  • Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding fatty and spicy foods
  • Eating a diet higher in fiber, especially fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Not eating two hours before going to bed
  • Elevating the head of the bed
  • Wearing clothing which is loose at the waist
  • Limiting chocolate, coffee, sodas, and other sources of caffeine

 

A healthier you

Call Digestive and Liver Center of Florida right away if you have continuing acid reflux symptoms. You'll feel healthier and avoid unnecessary and serious complications. Phone the office team today at (407) 384-7388!

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