Acid Reflux Specialists

 

 

If burning at the back of your throat or near your chest associated with acid reflux is painful, you don’t have to live with it. The expert team at Peak Gastroenterology Associates, with locations in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Salida, Denver, Woodland Park, and Parker, Colorado, can alleviate your symptoms using simple treatments. Schedule an appointment with Peak Gastroenterology Associates over the phone or online to learn more about your options.

Acid Reflux Q & A

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux, or heartburn, happens to just about everybody from time to time. It occurs when stomach acid moves back up into your esophagus through your lower esophageal sphincter.

If acid reflux feels uncomfortable and occurs regularly, you don’t have to suffer through it. The Peak Gastroenterology Associates team offers simple treatment options.

What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

Common symptoms associated with acid reflux include:

  • A burning sensation in your chest or throat
  • Heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • A sour taste in your mouth
  • Problems sleeping
  • A hoarse voice
  • The feeling of a lump in your throat

You might experience acid reflux after eating, when you lie down at night, during exercise, when you bend over, or while wearing tight-fitted clothing. Being overweight and smoking increases your risk of acid reflux.

Eating a big meal or drinking coffee or alcohol might trigger symptoms or make them worse. Untreated acid reflux can cause esophagus damage or increase your risk of esophageal cancer.

How is acid reflux diagnosed?

To help diagnose acid reflux, your gastroenterologist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete an exam and may use imaging tests or endoscopy to view the inside of your digestive tract and rule out serious GI complications.

What is the treatment for acid reflux?

Your acid reflux treatment plan is based on your health and the severity of your condition. Peak Gastroenterology Associates providers might recommend:

Weight loss

Losing weight if you’re overweight can reduce acid reflux. Your doctor helps you develop a healthy eating and exercise plan to get excess weight off.

Dietary changes

Eating certain foods can make acid reflux worse. Examples include spicy foods, greasy or fatty foods, onions, tomatoes, garlic, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, and tea. Making dietary changes can offer you symptom relief.

Lifestyle changes

Additional lifestyle changes that can reduce acid reflux include not smoking, eating smaller meals, not eating right before bed, elevating the head of your bed, and not wearing tight clothing.

Medications

Taking over-the-counter or prescription medications can help reduce acid reflux symptoms. Your gastroenterologist lets you know which medicine is right for you.

Surgery

If you have severe acid reflux and it occurs regularly, your provider might recommend surgery to tighten your lower esophageal sphincter and give you long-lasting symptom relief.

Don’t live with unpleasant symptoms of acid reflux when simple treatments are within reach at Peak Gastroenterology Associates. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.

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