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Posts for: August, 2019

By Queens Boulevard ASC
August 22, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology

Heartburn affects all of of us from time-to-time, however, regular occurrence of this unpleasant sensation is likely a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease—a condition that causes acid to move up to the esophagus/throat. Fortunately, here at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in Rego Park, NY, we have the answers to your questions about causes, symptoms, and treatment of gastreosophageal reflux disease. Read on to learn more.

What are the symptoms of gastreosophageal reflux disease?

  • Heartburn
  • Tightness or the sensation of a blockage in your throat
  • Cough or wheezing
  • Regurgitation of acid
  • A persistent unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Sore throat

What are some of the causes?

  • Consumption of trigger foods/drinks, including spicy or minty foods, fried items, caffeinated beverages, acidic fruits or vegetables, chocolate, or garlic
  • Eating large meals or eating shortly before sleeping
  • Smoking or drinking alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Medical conditions like diabetes or asthma
  • Pregnancy

How is it diagnosed?

To reach a diagnosis, your stomach doctor may perform one or more of the following:

  • An upper endoscopy, which uses a tiny camera lowered into your esophagus to look around and possibly take a tissue sample for analysis
  • X-ray imaging, performed after you consume a barium solution
  • Esophageal monitoring of your pH (acid level)
  • Esophageal manometry, which uses a thin tube, inserted down your esophagus, to test how strong your esophageal muscles are

How can I help treat my gastreosophageal reflux disease?

  • Eat smaller meals
  • Avoid eating a few hours before bedtime
  • Abstain from smoking
  • Avoid or limit your consumption of alcohol
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eliminate trigger foods from your diet, or consume them sparingly
  • Try an over-the-counter antacid
  • Lower your intake of caffeine

What else might help?

If you are not seeing relief after trying the above, your Rego Park stomach doctor may prescribe a medication such as a proton pump inhibitor or H2 receptor blocker. In serious cases, surgery may be needed.

Concerned? Give us a call

If you think that you are suffering from gastreosophageal reflux disease, your Rego Park office is just a phone call away. Dial 718-406-8000 today to schedule an appointment with one of your trusted stomach doctors.


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