How your doctor can help if you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Heartburn is a common problem when you eat spicy food, but if your heartburn becomes more frequent, it could be a sign of a more serious condition. It could be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. If GERD goes untreated, it can cause serious damage to your esophagus and other parts of your GI system.
Fortunately, there are ways to treat GERD before it can do any damage. Dr. Chukwuma Apakama at CGA Weight Loss and Surgical Specialists in the DFW area in Texas, offers a wide range of weight loss and medical services, including treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
GERD affects over 60 million people in this country, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. GERD is the result of excess stomach acid coming up through your esophagus. There is a sphincter muscle protecting your esophagus, but when it doesn’t work as it should, stomach acid can escape into your esophagus. When this happens frequently, it can develop into GERD.
So, how do you know if you have GERD? You might have:
- Frequent bad breath and a sour taste in your mouth
- Frequent sore throats, dry coughing, and wheezing
- Frequent nausea, vomiting, or chest pain
- Tooth sensitivity because your enamel is being eroded by stomach acid
If you think you might have GERD, you can try:
- Eating small meals and avoiding large ones
- Avoiding smoking and tobacco use
- Avoiding eating a large meal before you go to bed
- Limiting or avoiding spicy foods
- Trying over-the-counter antacid medications
For moderate to severe GERD symptoms, your doctor may recommend:
- Prescription-strength antacid medications
- Prescription-strength medications to strengthen the esophageal sphincter
- Surgical treatment for severe GERD that doesn’t respond to medication therapy
To learn more about the symptoms and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Chukwuma Apakama of CGA Weight Loss and Surgical Specialists in the DFW area, at (214) 440-1245. We have several offices in the DFW area conveniently located for ease and accessibility.