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What causes Acid Reflux (GERD)
Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) is a condition where acid from the stomach rises into the lower esophageal opening. When the stomach acids come into contact with the lining of the esophagus the result is inflammation that often results in a burning sensation. Other common terms for this condition include 'heartburn' or 'acid indigestion.' Patients with heartburn experience pain throughout the day and often are unable to sleep at night due to the pain caused by the acid irritating their esophagus.
If you experience symptoms of GERD, talk to your doctor. GERD can have potentially serious health risks. Your primary doctor will refer you to a gastroenterologist who can diagnose the severity of your condition.
Your gastroenterologist may recommend simple lifestyle and dietary changes to reduce or even prevent some of the symptoms and discomfort, as well a prescribe a medicine that will reduce the acid production in your stomach.
Many medicines that treat heartburn are available over the counter without a prescription today. The medicines, often called "PPI's" help relieve the pain and help heal the damage in the esophagus. Often an upper endoscopy or EGD may be performed to view the esophagus and check for damage.
Dr. Krieger's office is licated in Far North Fort Worth around Alliance. Call today to make your appointment for relief from acid reflux.