Acid reflux affects many people on occasion, but when it becomes a regular challenge, and your symptoms interfere with your day-to-day life, it deserves expert medical attention. Board-certified gastroenterologist Asif M. Qadri, MD, of Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates in Watkinsville, Georgia, provides care that helps you find relief from acid reflux. If you struggle with regular bouts of this uncomfortable digestive disorder, call the office or schedule online for a consultation.
Acid reflux, or heartburn, occurs when stomach acid flows back up into your esophagus and causes burning pain in your chest.
If you experience acid reflux twice per week or more, you’re diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a muscle that connects your esophagus to your stomach. It usually opens to let food enter the stomach and closes to prevent stomach contents from traveling back up into your esophagus. Acid reflux occurs when your LES is weak or damaged and allows stomach contents and acid to return up into the esophagus.
Bouts of acid reflux may occur due to pressure inside your stomach. Wearing a tight belt, overeating, and being overweight are all possible causes.
Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux. Acid reflux can also cause:
Your heartburn is likely to flare up if you lay down within a few hours of eating.
Dr. Qadri offers esophageal pH monitoring to measure the reflux of acid from your stomach to diagnose GERD and gauge the effectiveness of medications currently used to treat your condition. The BRAVO™ pH monitoring system can also confirm that acid reflux is the cause of any chest pain you’re having or if you need evaluation for other possible concerns.
You may undergo an esophageal manometry test to measure the function of your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and the muscles of the esophagus. The test tells Dr. Qadri how efficient your esophagus is in moving food to your stomach.
You may also undergo an H. pylori breath test. This screening checks for helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that can cause an infection in the stomach and is linked to acid reflux.
Treatment for acid reflux starts with minimally invasive interventions such as medications and lifestyle changes.
If over-the-counter medications fail to bring you relief, Dr. Qadri may prescribe stronger antacids, H2 blockers, or proton pump inhibitors to help you get relief from acid reflux. In some cases, you may need surgery or other interventions to address H. pylori infection to resolve acid reflux.
If you suffer from acid reflux, call Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates, or book online today.