About 10-20% of adults have some form of GERD, along with the heartburn and uncomfortable feelings that are common with this condition. If you’re taking heartburn medicine more than twice a week, contact Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas. With expertise in internal medicine, they diagnose and treat GERD to ease your symptoms and control acid reflux. Call the office today or book a consultation online at Prime Internal Medicine Associates.
GERD is gastroesophageal reflux disease. The condition occurs when your stomach acid flows back into the tube connecting your stomach and mouth. Sometimes you can taste the backwash in the back of your mouth.
The backwash, also called acid reflux, can irritate the lining of your esophagus, causing heartburn-like feelings and other symptoms. While acid reflux happens to almost everybody from time to time, GERD occurs more often. You may have GERD if you have mild acid reflux at least twice a week, or moderate-to-serious acid reflux that occurs at least once a week.
GERD may cause:
At night, you might also experience:
If you're experiencing these symptoms frequently or your symptoms are severe, it's best to contact Prime Internal Medicine Associates for a diagnosis to prevent your condition from worsening. Also, call Prime Internal Medicine Associates if you’re taking over-the-counter heartburn medications more than twice a week.
Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider begins by taking a full medical history and performing a physical exam. They may be able to diagnose your condition with just a physical exam and a review of your symptoms.
In other cases, they recommend an X-ray, diagnostic tests, or endoscopy to confirm your diagnosis. Endoscopy is a noninvasive procedure involving a thin, flexible camera-equipped tube that’s inserted down your throat to examine your esophagus and stomach.
Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider designs a treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and condition. Your plan may include over-the-counter or prescription medications to block acid production or help your esophagus to relax.
Making simple lifestyle changes can help improve your condition. Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider suggests:
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of GERD and are seeking high-quality, holistic care to improve your lasting health, call today or book a consultation online with Prime Internal Medicine Associates.