Uncomfortable burning in your chest and throat after a heavy meal is just unpleasant and can be an indication of digestive complications. If you experience it chronically, this heartburn may be a symptom of acid reflux. At Central Florida Family Practice located in Saint Cloud, Florida, Dr. Elba Masid offers dietary interventions and medications to help manage your acid reflux. Call the office or book an appointment online to manage acid reflux and its complications.
Acid reflux occurs when acid from your stomach creeps up into your esophagus, the tube extending from your throat to your stomach. While your stomach can tolerate the corrosive effects of acid, your esophagus is much more sensitive. Frequent and severe acid reflux can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can cause complications, including a higher risk of esophageal cancer. If you have symptoms of acid reflux more than two times per week, you have GERD.
You know the burning or discomfort that bubbles up in your chest and throat, particularly after you’ve eaten. This heartburn is a sign of acid reflux. Other symptoms include:
Some people with acid reflux experience unexplained weight loss, too.
Acid reflux may occur due to a hiatal hernia, which makes acid move up into your esophagus. Other reasons you develop acid reflux include:
Dr. Masid evaluates your symptoms and runs tests to determine if you do have GERD.
Certain lifestyle habits trigger acid reflux. Dr. Masid helps you change these habits so you experience fewer symptoms. Actions you can take include:
She can also help you lose weight if you’re overweight or obese. You may also benefit from avoiding fatty, spicy foods that prompt acid reflux symptoms.
Dr. Masid may also recommend over-the-counter antacids to relieve your symptoms. Other medications may require a prescription, including:
For more information about how to combat chronic acid reflux, call Central Florida Family Practice or book an appointment online.