Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition that many Americans experience. If you’re living with GERD, you probably know it by its most common symptom — heartburn. To get relief from your heartburn and acid reflux, visit Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC. Their expert team offers expert diagnoses and treatments for GERD at their two practice locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Call the office nearest you or request your appointment online today.
Short for gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD is a condition that’s characterized by heartburn. Heartburn is an extremely common condition that affects 60 million Americans at least once a month. Most people describe it as a burning feeling beneath their breastbone that moves up toward their throat. Heartburn is most common shortly after you eat.
If you get heartburn twice a week or more, you’re living with GERD.
Your body needs acid in your stomach to break down your food. But that acid can cause problems when it’s not properly contained within your stomach. People who experience heartburn feel that burning sensation because the muscular valve that is supposed to seal their esophagus from their stomach (except when food is passing through) isn’t closing properly.
When this muscular valve doesn’t fully seal shut, it allows stomach acid to enter your esophagus. This is called acid reflux, and it’s what causes you to feel heartburn. It might also leave you with a bitter or sour taste in your mouth or other unpleasant symptoms, including nausea and hiccups.
Recurring instances of acid reflux — and the resulting heartburn — are known as acid reflux disease, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
If you get heartburn at least twice a week, talk to your provider. They can diagnose your GERD and help you find a treatment that relieves your post-meal discomfort.
The good news about GERD is that it’s very treatable. Simply changing some of your routines, like not snacking before bed or not laying down after you’ve eaten a large meal, can significantly reduce your acid reflux. Generally, the providers at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC advise patients with GERD against eating for at least two hours before they go to bed.
Changing your diet, or elevating the head of your bed can also deliver notable GERD relief, as well as avoiding substances, such as alcohol and tobacco, that can impede the functionality of the muscular valve between your stomach and esophagus.
When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to curtail your GERD, your physician can prescribe medications to offer you relief.
GERD is common — but it doesn’t have to be a part of your life. Find and acid reflux treatment that works for you by calling Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, or requesting your appointment online.