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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!

By DIGESTIVE AND LIVER CENTER OF FLORIDA
May 22, 2018
Tags: Acid reflux   GERD  

How your gastroenterologists in Orlando can helpacid reflux abdominal pain

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!

By DIGESTIVE AND LIVER CENTER OF FLORIDA
August 28, 2017

At the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida, our providers see patients with numerous gastrointestinal, or GI, problems each day. The GI gastroenterologysystem 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

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.

Acid reflux

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.

Diverticulitis

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!