It’s known by many names … acid reflux, heartburn and GERD. But is it serious? What can you do to get relief?
Everyone experiences heartburn from time to time, and it can often be managed with over-the-counter antacids and by avoiding foods that trigger it. But when heartburn happens on a regular basis (say several times a week) or it’s extremely painful, it’s time to seek medical help.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus. If left untreated over time, it can lead to more serious conditions like ulcers in the esophagus or pre-cancerous conditions (Barrett’s esophagus).
Common signs and symptoms of GERD include:
If you have nighttime acid reflux, you might also experience:
If your symptoms are severe or you take over-the-counter medications more than twice a week, contact us at Valley Gastroenterology Associates.