GERD-Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Treatment
Where the stomach and esophagus connect, a sphincter allows food and liquids to go into the stomach, then closes to keep the contents within the stomach. When this sphincter does not work correctly, stomach contents can bubble up into the esophagus, causing esophagus irritation or heartburn. When this occurs frequently, it can result in acid reflux or GERD. At Primary Care Joliet, we provide diagnosis and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) treatment at our clinics in Joliet and Wilmington, IL.
Causes and Symptoms of GERD
Most people have experienced heartburn or acid reflux on occasion. Certain foods can trigger too much acid production that can result in stomach acid or bile entering up into the esophagus. GERD occurs when this happens consistently, irritating and damaging the lining of the esophagus. A weakened lower esophageal sphincter is often the cause of a backwash of acid up to the esophagus. Some of the symptoms of GERD include:
- Regurgitating food into your throat
- A burning sensation in your throat
- Heartburn after eating, especially when you lie down
- Trouble swallowing or feeling a lump in throat
- Frequent coughing
- Chest or abdominal pain
- Waking up choking on stomach acid
GERD is not only painful, but it can cause severe damage to your esophagus. This can increase the risk of esophageal cancer, swallowing disorders and other health complications. Some of the risk factors for GERD include pregnancy, hiatal hernia, obesity, smoking, eating late at night and drinking alcoholic beverages.
Relief for GERD
If you have symptoms of GERD, you should seek treatment. This disease can cause irreversible damage to the esophagus over time. There are medications that can help reduce acid production and lifestyle changes that can help manage your symptoms. Our primary care providers can evaluate your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan to give you relief while protecting your health.
Frequent heartburn or acid reflux can indicate GERD. If you are having these symptoms, come see our medical team at Primary Care Joliet. We can perform acid reflux diagnosis and treatment for GERD at our clinics. Call our facility in Joliet or Wilmington, IL, to schedule your appointment.