Heartburn & GERD Treatment
At the REX Heartburn Center, we understand that suffering with heartburn associated with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is frustrating and uncomfortable. Whether you have heartburn, regurgitation, swallowing difficulties or symptoms in your throat such as cough and hoarseness, GERD can make your life miserable. We are here to help and improve your overall quality of life.
What is Heartburn or GERD
This disease is defined as a condition caused by the reflux (or back up) of stomach contents into the esophagus, causing troublesome symptoms and complications. GERD is often also referred to as acid reflux. In fact, these terms can be used interchangeably. What causes GERD is a malfunction of a muscular structure called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) located at the end of the swallowing
Heartburn symptoms, such as a burning feeling in the upper abdomen and chest (often accompanied by a pressure sensation), indigestion and some types of chest pain are actually caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, commonly referred to as GERD.
Symptoms of Heartburn or GERD
You may experience a burning sensation in your chest, which sometimes spreads to the throat, along with a sour taste in your mouth. Some people refer to this as acid indigestion.
Other symptoms of GERD include:
- Chest pain, especially at night while lying down
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Constantly clearing the throat
- Frequent burping or hiccups
- Feeling food get stuck in the throat
- Regurgitating food and/or liquids
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms call the REX Heartburn Center at 919-784-BURN (2876) to make an appointment and learn more about heartburn and treatment options.
Treatments of GERD
Treatment starts with altering your habits or diet [PDF] and taking over-the-counter medicines. For example, eating several small meals a day instead of three large ones may help. Try medicines such as antacids (like Tums) or H2 blockers (like Pepcid). If symptoms persist, a doctor may suggest more testing, such as an endoscopy with REX Digestive Health, a change in medicine, or surgery.
If your heartburn isn’t helped by medication or changes to your diet, surgery may be the best choice for you. Learn more about heartburn surgery at North Carolina Surgery.
When to Ask for Help
- Do you get a burning feeling in the middle of your chest?
- Do you often have this feeling after a meal or at night?
- Does this burning feeling gets worse when I lie down or bend over?
- Do over-the-counter medicines such as acid reducers or antacids help the burning go away?
- Do you frequently regurgitate (burp up) my food?
- Is there a bitter or sour taste in the back of your throat?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, there is a good chance you have GERD and you could be at risk. For more information, call the REXHeartburn Center at 919-784-BURN (2876) to make an appointment and learn more about heartburn and treatment options.
Why Choose UNC REX
At REX Heartburn Center, we offer you the expertise of highly qualified clinical professionals who use an integrated approach and focus on providing relief for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), acid reflux and heartburn. We have customized programs and treatment options to serve you and your loved ones in obtaining the relief they have always desired, allowing them to live longer, happier lives.
American College of Gastroenterology