Don't Let Your Reflux Hold You Back
While some may brush it off as “just a little heartburn,” acid reflux that occurs on a frequent basis should not be ignored. Reflux symptoms may range from mildly uncomfortable to extremely painful. You may even have symptoms that you don’t recognize as being related to GERD.
The Fairfield Medical Heartburn Center is here to help you understand the underlying causes of your reflux and to help you gain control over your symptoms. To learn more about GERD and the treatments available, call 740-689-6486.
Tonya Mundy, R.N., nurse coordinator for the Fairfield Medical Heartburn Center, explains the symptoms of reflux.
Common Symptoms of Reflux or GERD
- A burning feeling behind your breastbone – may take place after eating and last up to several hours
- A pain in your chest, especially after bending over or lying down
- Regurgitation or burning in your throat
- Shortness of breath
- Hot, sour, acidic or salty taste in the back of your throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Feeling that food is stuck in your throat or middle of your chest
- A chronic cough, sore throat, or chronic hoarseness
- Nausea after eating
- Dental problems
- Excessive belching or burping
Evaluating Your Symptoms
Reflux symptoms vary greatly in frequency and intensity. You may be able to control your symptoms with antacids, or you may be experiencing symptoms that do not respond to medication. Whatever your level of discomfort, our providers are here to help you find relief.
Do you find yourself avoiding your favorite foods? Planning your meals around heartburn flare-ups? You may be experiencing mild GERD symptoms. Even if your discomfort is occasional and mild, an evaluation at the Heartburn Center will provide you with information about lifestyle and treatment options that can help to prevent your symptoms from worsening.
Are you wondering if you’ll be taking reflux medications for the rest of your life? If you are reaching for antacids several times a week, you may be experiencing moderate GERD symptoms. Although reflux medications may relieve heartburn, these could also be masking other problems.
GERD is a chronic and progressive disease, which left untreated, can lead to more serious problems, including esophageal cancer. If your medications are not as effective as they used to be, or if you have been experiencing symptoms for several years, it is time to get serious about your condition. Find the true cause of your symptoms and take the first step toward relieving your discomfort and pain, by scheduling a free evaluation at the Fairfield Medical Heartburn Center.
Do you sleep in a recliner because you cannot lie flat? Does regurgitation frequently wake you at night? When heartburn makes you miserable day and night, you may be experiencing life-altering reflux. Severe and painful symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can occur during the day or night, decreasing your productivity, affecting your relationships and generally making your life miserable.
GERD-related heartburn typically gets progressively worse as you age. Furthermore, recurring symptoms can be a sign of serious problems, such as esophagitis, esophageal ulcers and stricture, or GERD-induced esophageal cancer.
If your heartburn has drastically reduced your enjoyment of life, or if the only thing holding back the pain is daily medication, it is time to investigate. End the suffering and sleepless nights – call the Fairfield Medical Heartburn Center at 740-689-6486 to schedule a nurse consultation.
When to Seek A Consultation
- Moderate to severe GERD symptoms 2+ times a week for several weeks
- Anti-reflux medication is needed, even occasionally, for 6-12 months
- No symptom relief when taking anti-reflux medications
- GERD-like symptoms after the age of 50
- Anti-reflux medication is needed on a daily basis
- Difficulty swallowing*
- Chest pain*
*Prompt evaluation recommended