Gerd & Gastroenterologist Treatment
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the medical name for reflux, which is also known as acid reflux or heartburn. Reflux occurs when acid from food and liquid frequently flows back up from your stomach into your throat. This can irritate the lining of your throat and cause discomfort in the chest.
While many people may experience heartburn periodically, GERD is mild acid reflux that occurs at least twice a week. In other cases, it is moderate to severe reflux that occurs at least once a week.
Common Symptoms of Gerd
Signs and symptoms of GERD may include (Reflux symptoms and conditions can occur at any age):
- Burning sensation in either the back of the throat, in the middle of the chest, or behind the breastplate (usually after eating and generally worsens at night)
- Chest pains
- Acid taste in mouth
- Regurgitation of food or sour liquid
- Difficulty swallowing
Diagnosis and Treatment for Gerd
TrendHealth Clinic provides comprehensive GERD treatment in Tomball. For starters, we recommend lifestyle changes to help reduce or eliminate reflux, including not drinking alcohol, eating too close to bedtime, and being overweight. Also, we can work with you to determine if certain foods may trigger your GERD symptoms, such as chocolate, caffeine, peppermints, and greasy, spicy, and acidic foods.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, treatment may not be necessary. Over-the-counter medicine is often effective for treating mild cases of reflux, including antacids, H-2 receptor blockers, and proton pump inhibitors.
For moderate to severe cases of reflux, we may prescribe a prescription version of H-2 receptor blockers or proton pump inhibitors. Other types of medicine may help treat GERD, including medication to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter or help empty your stomach faster. In some cases, surgery may be required to treat reflux, especially when medicine doesn’t help, or a long-term solution is required.
When to Visit TrendHealth Clinic
TrendHealth Clinic can diagnose, treat, and help monitor your GERD symptoms. Visit our gastroenterology provider in Tomball if:
- You experience severe or frequent GERD symptoms
- You take over-the-counter medicine for heartburn more than twice a week
- You have chest pain, especially if you also have shortness of breath or jaw or arm pain
- You have difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing
- Your GERD symptoms interfere with your lifestyle and daily activities
By providing GERD treatment in Tomball, we can manage your reflux with medication and help you determine which foods are triggering your reflux. It is important that you meet with us regularly to discuss your symptoms and make any needed treatment adjustments. Contact us if you have heartburn more than twice a week or are suffering from severe reflux symptom
Call or Schedule an Appointment with TrendHealth Clinic
You can make an appointment with TrendHealth Clinic by doing one of the following:
Call us at 346-246-3424 to speak with one of our care managers who will be happy to schedule an appointment with one of our healthcare providers. We often have same-day and next-day appointments available.
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