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Posts for: June, 2018

By Queens Boulevard ASC
June 07, 2018
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: GERD  

Treating GERDYou feel a burning liquid backing up your food pipe. You experience an acidic taste. What's happening? It could be GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Your team of stomach doctors often see and treat this GI problem at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in Rego Park, NY. It's important to treat GERD to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and to keep your digestive health strong.

Who gets GERD and why?

It comes on with age, but most anyone can experience GERD at one time or another. In fact, the American Gastroenterological Society states that up to 28 percent of Americans currently have this disease.

Obesity contributes to GERD as does eating too close to bedtime, consuming excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol, and wearing clothes that are too tight at the waist. Also, many people with GERD have something called a hiatal hernia where a portion of the stomach pushes up and through a hole in the diaphragm, the muscle which helps the lungs inflate and deflate.

Symptoms and dangers of GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease has many and varying symptoms. Basically, if symptoms increase in intensity and persist, or if you constantly pop antacids, you should see your stomach doctor in Rego Park, NY, for an examination.

Symptoms of GERD include:

  • A burning sensation in the chest (heartburn)
  • Regurgitation of food and acid
  • Problems swallowing
  • Asthma-like symptoms (wheezing, hoarseness of voice, cough)
  • Nausea

Unfortunately, even if symptoms seem mild, the constant backwash of acid can do considerable damage. Ulcers and esophageal structures (narrowing of the food pipe) frequently result from GERD as does a precancerous condition called Barrett's Esophagus.

Diagnosis and treatment

Your gastroenterologist will review your symptoms and likely try treating them first with lifestyle changes such as:

  • Losing weight
  • Elevating the head of the bed
  • Decreasing the acidity of the stomach contents with H2 receptor blockers, such as Zantac, antacids, such as Rolaids or Tums, or proton pump inhibitors, such as Prilosec

As needed, your stomach doctor will perform diagnostic tests to view your GI tract and to understand its level of acidity. Tests can include:

  • Endoscopy, where the doctor inserts a thin, lighted tube into the esophagus and stomach to see structures in real time and to take biopsies as needed
  • X-ray imaging
  • Acid probe tests
  • Esophageal manometry which measures how well the food pipe functions

Your board-certified gastroenterologist also uses other sophisticated procedures to determine the best course of treatment for your reflux disease.

Learn more

If your heartburn symptoms are becoming a way of life, please don't wait. Contact Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in Rego Park, NY, for accurate and compassionate diagnosis and treatment. Call (718) 406-8000 to speak with a member of the office team and to set-up an appointment.


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