Acid Reflux Disease or GERD


What is Acid Reflux Disease or GERD?

Acid reflux disease, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a chronic condition of the digestive tract where stomach acid refluxes back into the esophagus, irritating the tissue lining. You can get this disease when your esophageal sphincter, which is a band of muscle at the top of your esophagus that pushes food and liquids to the stomach, relaxes or weakens, allowing acid from your stomach to back up into your esophagus. While acid reflux and heartburn are common occurrences for many individuals, when you have the symptoms frequently and they get in the way of your daily life, or the stomach acid starts to damage the wall of your esophagus, you may have GERD.

What are the Symptoms of Acid Reflux Disease or GERD?

Signs and symptoms of acid reflux disease include:

  • A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), sometimes spreading to your throat, along with a sour taste in your mouth
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Dry cough
  • Hoarseness or sore throat
  • Regurgitating food or sour liquid (acid reflux)
  • Sensation of a lump in your throat

If you are experiencing severe or frequent symptoms of acid reflux disease or are taking over-the-counter medication for heartburn more than twice a week, schedule an appointment with Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne so we can diagnose your condition and talk to you about the best treatment options. Leaving the condition unmanaged may lead to complications such as bleeding, a narrowing of the esophagus, or Barrett’s esophagus.

How Do You Treat Acid Reflux Disease?

You may be able to manage acid reflux disease with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. Your doctor can tell you how. Depending upon the frequency level of your acid reflux symptoms, your doctor may recommend prescription medications or surgery to reduce your symptoms and make you feel better. Our board-certified, experienced physicians at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne are committed to providing you with the best treatment options to manage your acid reflux disease or GERD. Contact us today.

Learn More: Acid Reflux Disease or GERD

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