Acid Reflux Disease
Acid Reflux Disease also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close all the way or opens too often allowing stomach acid to escape into the esophagus thus irritating the lining.
Acid Reflux Disease affects approximately 19 million Americans. This condition is extremely common and rarely serious, however symptoms should not be ignored as complications can develop.
• Heartburn: burning pain or discomfort that can move from the stomach to the middle of the abdomen and chest.
• Regurgitation: the sensation of acid backing up into your throat or mouth producing a sour or bitter taste.
• Stomach Discomfort (Dyspepsia): can include burping, nausea after eating, stomach fullness, bloating, upper abdominal pain & discomfort.
• Sore Throat
Heartburn and Acid Reflux Disease are often confused so in order to come to a proper diagnosis, the patient’s symptoms must be present AT LEAST 2 times per week on a regular basis. The physician will perform an endoscopy if symptoms persist and will determine if there are more serious disorders present. If endoscopy yields normal results your physician may require a 24 hour Esophageal pH Study to collect more information about your specific symptoms.
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Treatment for Acid Reflux Disease or GERD can range from prescription treatment to surgery. Once you have received your diagnosis you and your physician will decide which treatment plan is right for you.