Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg
Gastroenterology located in Fredericksburg, VA & Stafford, VA
If you struggle with heartburn or other unpleasant symptoms associated with gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and want relief, turn to Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg and Stafford, Virginia. The expert team of gastroenterologists treats GERD to improve your quality of life. Call the office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.
What is GERD?
GERD is a common condition that develops when stomach acid flows up into your esophagus from your stomach, which irritates the esophagus lining and makes it feel uncomfortable. While many people have GERD from time to time, ongoing or severe GERD can cause complications and be painful. See the Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg experts for an evaluation.
What are the symptoms of GERD?
Common symptoms of GERD include:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Food regurgitation
- Lump sensation in your throat
- Chronic cough
- Disrupted sleep
- New or worsening asthma
When left untreated, GERD can cause esophagus narrowing, open sores in your esophagus, precancerous changes in the esophagus, and a poor quality of life.
What are the risk factors for GERD?
Risk factors for developing GERD include:
- Hiatal hernia
- Connective tissue disorders
- Delayed stomach emptying
- Eating large meals late at night
- Eating fatty or fried foods
- Certain medications
Adopting healthy habits and maintaining an ideal body weight can reduce the risk of developing GERD, but sometimes it still occurs.
How does my provider diagnose GERD?
The Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg providers ask you about your medical history and symptoms to determine if you have GERD or complications associated with it. They also check your vital signs and complete a physical examination.
The providers might order acid probe tests, an upper endoscopy to view the inside of your esophagus and stomach, X-rays, or other diagnostic tests to make a final diagnosis and develop the most effective treatment.
How is GERD treated?
Common GERD treatments include:
Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg providers could recommend you take over-the-counter or prescription medicines to get relief from GERD symptoms.
Making lifestyle changes can also reduce unpleasant symptoms. Examples include maintaining a healthy body weight, not smoking, and elevating the head of your bed. Avoid large meals before bed, eat slowly, and abstain from foods and drinks that trigger GERD symptoms. Don’t wear clothing that fits too tightly.
Various surgical procedures can tighten the area connecting your esophagus to your stomach (lower esophageal sphincter) to reduce the risk of regurgitation.
Don’t suffer from unpleasant symptoms of GERD when you don’t have to. Call the Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
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