It’s not unusual to develop an uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest after eating a large spicy meal; however, feeling these symptoms regularly may indicate an underlying abdominal issue. At Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc. in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Hussein Abidali, DO, and the team specialize in the treatment of acid reflux, heartburn, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For expert management of your abdominal discomfort, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Acid reflux is a common gastroenterological condition that happens when your stomach acid begins to flow back up into your esophagus as you digest your food. Stomach acid is primarily made of hydrochloric acid, which helps break down your food and kills bacteria in the process.
The inside of your stomach has a special lining that protects it from disintegrating when it’s exposed to hydrochloric acid. Your esophagus has no such lining, so the acid can damage it over time with many instances of acid reflux.
If instances of acid reflux occur more than twice per week for you, you may have a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). While the two terms are often used interchangeably, they’re different in that GERD is more serious and long-term.
Acid reflux comes with a number of indicative signs and symptoms that usually arise shortly after a meal. You might experience:
These symptoms often get worse when you lie down horizontally, so it’s best to eat several hours before you go to bed.
When you arrive at Digestive Health Inc., Dr. Abidali asks about your symptoms and how often you notice them. You’ll undergo a physical examination, and they may request an endoscopy to view your esophagus.
Improving your acid reflux is often as simple as making a few lifestyle changes. You may see some improvement in your condition if you lose weight, stop smoking, or even focus on improving your posture.
At Digestive Health Inc., Dr. Abidali evaluates your case to choose the best approach to treatment. Your acid reflux treatment plan might include:
Avoiding certain foods that trigger your acid reflux can help stop you from getting the symptoms. Certain substances like caffeine, alcohol, salt, and carbonated beverages are known to aggravate acid reflux.
Dr. Abidali may recommend over-the-counter medications like antacids to help manage your condition. If you’ve already tried these, he may prescribe other medications like alginate drugs, which form a barrier of foam on the surface of your stomach acid that prevents it from flowing up your esophagus.
In severe cases of GERD, Dr. Abidali may recommend surgery.
If your acid reflux symptoms are causing discomfort or breathing problems, call Hussein Abidali, DO Digestive Health Inc., or request an appointment online today.