What is Acid Reflux? Belching, chest pain, and an acidic taste in your mouth are all signs of acid reflux, a very common disorder of thedigestive system which affects millions of people worldwide. If you've been dealing with these symptoms for a long time, you might think it's just an unfortunate part of life. But Dr. Indran Indrakrishnan, your gastroenterologist in Lawrenceville, GA, has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating acid reflux. Here you'll learn more about this condition and how it's treated at Gwinnett Digestive Clinic.
What is acid reflux?
The stomach keeps its contents in place thanks to a valve at its opening. However, if this valve malfunctions and stops closing or opening properly, stomach acid can rise into the esophagus, producing an uncomfortable burning in your chest and throat. This is a sensation that most people have experienced from time to time, but if it happens to you more than twice a week, your Lawrenceville gastroenterologist may diagnose you with acid reflux disease, also known as GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease).
What causes acid reflux?
There are many reasons why acid reflux happens. An abnormality with the muscles around the stomach, called a hiatal hernia, is a very common cause. Diet is another major contributor; foods and drinks that are acidic, spicy, or full of fat can affect the way your digestive system functions. Lying down after eating can also trigger reflux. Carrying excess weight in your abdominal area, whether it's from pregnancy or obesity, can be a factor as well. If you take certain medications, such as pain relievers like aspirin or muscle relaxers, reflux can be a side effect.
What are the complications acid reflux?
Difficulty in swallowing due to scar tissue from acid burning, chronic cough, asthma, anemia, and cáncer of throat & Esophagus.
How is acid reflux diagnosed & managed?
Dr. Indrakrishnan, if indicated, will perform a painless video endoscopy to assess the reflux and do special brushings to look for pre –cancerous lesions. He uses the state-of the-art technology -WATS 3D Biopsy Brush – to diagnose Early esophageal Cancers and pre canceruos lesions such as dysplasia and Barrett’s Esophagus. If you're diagnosed with acid reflux at Gwinnett Digestive Clinic in Lawrenceville, Dr. Indrakrishnan typically suggests making necessary lifestyle changes, such as diet, sleeping position or meal schedule, to lessen its effects. You may also find that medications to neutralize acid or reduce its production in the stomach may bring relief. If you think you might have acid reflux or complications, don't wait any longer to make an appointment with Dr. Indrakrishnan at Gwinnett Digestive Clinic in Lawrenceville, GA. We look forward to hearing from you!