If You Are One of the Millions of People Suffering from Heartburn, We Can Help

About 40% of adults in the US have heartburn at least monthly. Also called acid indigestion, heartburn is caused when stomach acid backs up in the esophagus due to a weak or improperly relaxed sphincter muscle in the lower esophagus. While occasional heartburn usually isn’t serious, recurrent episodes can be a symptom of GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease.

At Fisher-Titus, we have developed a comprehensive approach for the diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux. Together with our highly skilled physicians and latest technology, we can help control acid reflux before it causes severe damage to your health.

The most common description of heartburn is a burning sensation in the middle of your chest or in your throat, usually soon after eating. You may also have a bitter or acid taste in your mouth and feel an increase in pain when you lie down or bend over. Certain foods and beverages can cause it such as alcohol, coffee, fried or fatty foods, spice or acidic foods, onions, chocolate, mint and caffeine. Other factors that can make you more susceptible to heartburn: certain medications, obesity, pregnancy, smoking and hiatus hernia.

The first step in treating acid reflux often includes lifestyle and diet modifications. However, if that is not successful, other treatment options are available depending on the severity of the heartburn.

What is GERD?

GERD can begin as a burning pain in your chest often after a big meal. It might move upward toward your neck and is often accompanied by a feeling of food coming back into your mouth. Other symptoms that can occur:

Symptoms of GERD

  • Heartburn
  • Reflux
  • Swallowed food or fluid coming back into the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic hoarseness, sore throat, throat-clearing or coughing
  • Chronic sinus problems
  • Vomiting
  • Asthma or wheezing
  • Gas, belching, bloating or indigestion after meals

What is your risk for GERD?

Ask yourself the following questions to find out if you may be suffering from or at risk for GERD.

  1. Do you regularly wake up at night with heartburn or acid indigestion?  
  2. Does heartburn keep you awake two or more nights a week?  
  3. Do you experience liquid backing up toward or into your throat when you are in bed? 
  4. Do you wake up at night with a sour or bitter taste in your mouth?  
  5. Do you take antacids or heartburn medicine to help you sleep better at night?  
  6. Do you regularly have a hoarse voice or a sore throat in the morning?  
  7. Do you have a sensation of fluid sticking or lodging in your chest when you eat? 
  8. Do you wake up at night because of coughing associated with heartburn or fluid backing up in the throat?  

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you may be suffering from or at risk for GERD.

For more information call 419-663-8061.

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