Eisenman & Eisenman, M.D., Advanced Gastro Consultants
Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists located in Lake Worth, FL
Acid reflux is one of the most common problems for which patients seek treatment. The skilled medical team at Eisenman & Eisenman, M.D., Advanced Gastro Consultants in Lake Worth, Florida, can provide an acid reflux treatment plan tailored to protect your comfort and health. If you have persistent acid reflux symptoms, the team will use the latest diagnostic technologies available to confirm your condition. Your providers work closely with you to manage symptoms of acid reflux and to prevent it from worsening. To find out more about your options for acid reflux treatment, schedule a diagnostic consultation online or by phone today.
Acid Reflux Treatment Q & A
What is acid reflux?
Acid reflux — also called heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) — is a condition that results from stomach acid flowing backward into your esophagus.
As a result, you can experience a variety of symptoms that can make you feel miserably uncomfortable, such as:
- Burning sensation in your chest or throat (heartburn)
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Bad taste in your mouth
For many, acid reflux symptoms worsen when you’re lying down or bending over. You may also be prone to developing symptoms of acid reflux after eating a large meal or after drinking alcohol or coffee.
How is acid reflux diagnosed?
Diagnosing acid reflux can usually be done by reviewing your symptoms, eating habits, and medical history.
In some cases, you may need diagnostic testing to confirm your symptoms are related to acid reflux and not another underlying condition, like heart disease.
Eisenman & Eisenman, M.D., Advanced Gastro Consultants offers bravo esophageal pH testing that measures the pH in your esophagus to diagnose chronic acid reflux, or gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD).
The goal of diagnostic testing is to identify issues that may be causing acid reflux symptoms and to evaluate the severity of damage this backflow of acid has caused.
How is acid reflux treated?
Initially, treating acid reflux may involve a change in your diet to avoid food that stimulates excess stomach acids, including spicy food, citrus, chocolate, as well as alcohol.
Lifestyle modifications, such as not eating close to bedtime and staying active to maintain a healthy weight, are also beneficial for preventing acid reflux episodes. If you smoke, you should also consider quitting for good to improve your gastrointestinal and overall health.
You can also use over-the-counter medications that neutralize stomach acids or prescription medicines that reduce the production of stomach acids.
If your acid reflux symptoms become persistent and you receive a GERD diagnosis, you can manage with medication and lifestyle modifications. When GERD symptoms are severe, you may be a candidate for surgery.
If you have persistent heartburn or other symptoms of acid reflux, schedule an evaluation at Eisenman & Eisenman, M.D., Advanced Gastro Consultants today using the online booking feature or by calling the office now.
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