What your gastroenterologists in Bala Cynwyd, Langhorne, and Philadelphia want you to know

When you eat spicy foods, do you feel a burning sensation in your throat or chest? Do you avoid acidic foods because they cause discomfort? If you answered yes to these questions, you probably have heartburn, a very common condition. However, heartburn could be a sign of something more serious, gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

So how do you tell the difference? Your gastroenterologists at Gastrointestinal Specialists want to share their knowledge of what could be causing your heartburn. They have several convenient office locations in Bala Cynwyd, Langhorne, and Philadelphia, PA, to help you.

Nearly everyone suffers heartburn at some point. In fact over 15 million people in this country suffer heartburn on a daily basis, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. Fortunately, over-the-counter antacids can help to relieve common heartburn symptoms.

Common symptoms of heartburn include:
  • A burning pain in your throat and chest after eating a meal
  • Pain that happens often at night and gets worse when you lie down

To help prevent heartburn you should:

  • Avoid spicy, acidic foods and eat bland foods instead
  • Stay upright after eating a meal
  • Eat early in the day, not before you go to bed
  • Don’t smoke
  • Maintain a healthy weight

If you are suffering heartburn symptoms more than twice a week, you may have gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD. This condition is caused by poor functioning of the sphincter muscle that protects your esophagus. If the muscle doesn’t close properly, stomach acid can flow back up your esophagus, causing damage.

In addition to increased frequency of symptoms, GERD can be accompanied by these symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing, nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss from inability to eat
  • Wheezing and dry coughing
  • Chest or abdominal pain
  • Sore throat and frequent bad breath

If you experience any of the symptoms listed above or if you can’t get relief from home remedies, it’s time to seek out the help of the experts. To find out more about GERD and other gastrointestinal disorders and treatments call your gastroenterologists at Gastrointestinal Specialists, with offices in Bala Cynwyd, Langhorne, and Philadelphia, PA. Call today!