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How your gastroenterologists in Orlando, FL, can help you feel better
If you suffer the symptoms of acid reflux, you already know how uncomfortable it can be. The burning pain of acid reflux can make your life miserable. The good news is, your gastroenterologist can help you feel better.
The gastroenterologists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida now offer televisit services so you can feel better while still staying at home. They have several convenient office locations in downtown Orlando, Kissimmee, and Oviedo, FL, to help you.
Acid reflux is commonly called heartburn, but the truth is, it has nothing to do with your heart. It’s caused by incomplete closure of the sphincter muscle that separates your esophagus from your stomach. When this sphincter muscle doesn’t close completely, it allows stomach acid to flow backwards, up into your esophagus, causing the painful symptoms of acid reflux.
When you have acid reflux, you may experience:
- Chronic pain in your throat
- A frequent sour taste in your mouth
- Chronic bad breath
- Frequent wheezing and coughing
- Nausea, vomiting, and chest pain
- Tooth sensitivity caused by eroding tooth enamel
You can do a lot to limit acid reflux symptoms. Remember to:
- Eat smaller meals and avoid large ones
- Quit smoking and using other tobacco products
- Try not to eat before you lie down or go to bed
- Limit acidic or spicy foods in your diet
- Take over-the-counter antacids to help reduce stomach acid
Acid reflux isn’t just annoying, it can be damaging too. If acid reflux goes untreated, it can result in extensive tissue damage and other serious issues like these:
- Inflammation of your esophagus, causing swelling of esophageal tissue and difficulty swallowing
- Ulcers in your esophagus, causing painful swallowing, nausea, and chest pain
- Narrowing and scarring of your esophagus, leading to problems swallowing
- Cancer in your esophagus
Acid reflux affects over 60 million people in this country, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. Your gastroenterologist can help relieve the symptoms of acid reflux, so you can feel better fast. To find out more about symptoms and treatment of acid reflux, call the gastroenterologists of Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL, at (407) 384-7388.
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
- 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
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!
How your gastroenterologists in Orlando can help
Do spicy foods keep you up at night? Do you have frequent heartburn and find yourself taking antacids several times during the week? If you suffer from frequent heartburn discomfort, you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Your gastroenterologists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL, want to help you learn to recognize the signs of GERD and how to treat your acid reflux.
According to the American College of Gastroenterology, in the United States, over 60 million people suffer from acid reflux or GERD. The condition is caused by stomach acid flowing up through your esophagus. You have a sphincter muscle which, when working normally, closes off the esophagus and prevents stomach contents from flowing upwards. If you have GERD, the sphincter muscle doesn’t close completely, allowing stomach acid to flow up into the esophagus.
You may notice signs and symptoms like these:
- A frequent sore throat
- Frequent bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity and erosion
- Dry coughing or wheezing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal or chest pain
There are some simple tips you can try at home to prevent and relieve the effects of acid reflux. Consider:
- Taking over-the-counter antacids
- Staying upright at least 2 to 3 hours after eating
- Not eating right before you go to bed
- Eliminating spicy foods from your diet
- Eating small meals instead of large ones
- Losing weight and not smoking
- Avoiding exercises that press your abdomen
- Not wearing belts
For severe cases of acid reflux and GERD, you need to seek out the services of an expert. Common professional treatments include prescription medications and lifestyle and diet modifications.
For more detailed information about acid reflux, please visit the Acid Reflux page on the website at https://www.dlcfl.com/acid-reflux.html
You don’t have to suffer the discomfort of acid reflux or GERD. You can get help with a simple phone call. The GI specialists at Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL, are standing by to help, so call today!
At the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida, our providers see patients with numerous gastrointestinal, or GI, problems each day. The GI system is large and can affect everything from the throat to the colon. Regardless of the location, many GI diseases are common and their origins can be connected to dietary problems. Three of these GI diseases - hemorrhoids, acid reflux and diverticulitis - are only some of many issues treated by our team of gastroenterologists here in Orlando, FL.
Hemorrhoids are bundles of blood vessels and muscle inside the anal canal, the lowest part of the intestine. When they become irritated from constipation, pressure or a low-fiber diet, this produces the classic symptoms of pain, itching and bleeding. Your gastroenterologist recognizes that this can be an embarrassing condition to have; it's very common, however, and important to seek treatment so that the degree of inflammation can be diagnosed and the best treatment can be prescribed.
Most people have experienced the sensation of a "sour stomach" before, where belching can lead to a burning pain that rises into the throat. This is acid reflux, a condition in which the acidic contents of the stomach flows backwards into the esophagus, irritating its lining and producing heartburn, sore throat and a bitter taste in the mouth. When reflux persists, your Orlando gastroenterologist may diagnose you with gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD. Fortunately, there are several maintenance medications, as well as dietary changes, that help lessen the symptoms of GERD.
Some people have abnormal pockets in the lining of their large intestine that becomes irritated or inflamed. This is often due to diverticulitis, a bacterial infection that affects these pockets, or pouches. Diverticulitis is a common disease, thought to affect about 50% of American adults over 60 years of age and 35% of the younger adult population. To treat its symptoms, our gastroenterologist often recommends a change in diet and lifestyle and possibly antibiotics to clear up the bacteria. Surgery is uncommon unless complications, such as bowel perforation, occur.
For these or any other GI-related issue, you can trust the competent and friendly medical staff of the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida in Orlando, FL to help you. Contact us for an appointment today!