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By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
January 26, 2023
Category: Conditions
Tags: Acid Reflux  

Do you feel a burning sensation in your chest that worsens when lying down? Do you regularly regurgitate your food after each meal? These are the unpleasant symptoms of acid reflux, a chronic digestive disease in which stomach liquids reflux into the esophagus that connects the mouth and stomach. Other symptoms include chest pain, swallowing issues, or excessive coughing. To find relief from these discomforts, you must first identify what's causing them in the first place. After diagnosing your acid reflux Dr. Kamran Ayub at Southwest Gastroenterology in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, also serving Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL, can develop a treatment plan that eliminates your triggers and makes eating less intimidating.

What Triggers Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux can occur if your lower esophageal sphincter weakens or relaxes when it shouldn't. Being pregnant can trigger this condition, and so can obesity, smoking, and second-hand smoke. Smoking, eating large amounts of food or eating before bed, and consuming fatty or fried foods or beverages such as alcohol or coffee are all risk factors for acid reflux. Acid reflux is also a common side effect of medications like aspirin.

Once you identify the cause of your triggers, finding relief isn't as frustrating. Dr. Ayub can help you eliminate foods that aren't contributing to a healthy diet, assess your medications, and ask about lifestyle habits. If conservative treatments don't work, we can explore other options as a team.

Making lifestyle changes or taking over-the-counter medications may help you manage symptoms of acid reflux. Our doctor may also advise you to make lifestyle changes, take medications, consider surgery, or a combination of these treatments. ​Please visit our website to learn more about the conditions we treat and the services provided. For more information about acid reflux, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kamran Ayub at Southwest Gastroenterology in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, also serving Frankfort, and Orland Park, IL, call (708) 475-5233.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
October 28, 2021
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Acid Reflux   Heartburn  

Some people get heartburn more frequently than others. If your heartburn is related to acid reflux, your doctor, Dr. Kamran Ayub of Southwest Gastroenterology a division of GI Partners of Illinois with offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, also serving Frankfort and Orland Park, IL, can diagnose and treat your acid reflux.

Acid Reflux

When the lower sphincter at the end of your esophagus doesn't close completely, your stomach's acidic content can get into the lower end of your esophagus. Since your esophagus isn't built to withstand such conditions, your stomach's acidic content getting into your esophagus causes unpleasant symptoms such as heartburn.

Several factors such as pregnancy, medication, hiatal hernia, and eating habits can cause acid reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a medical condition that features chronic acid reflux needing medical care.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux

Heartburn is one of the significant symptoms of acid reflux. Heartburn can feel like there's a fire in your chest that can move upward into your neck. Other common acid reflux signs include:

  • Food regurgitation
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • A feeling of something caught in your throat
  • Sore throat
  • Chest pain
  • Hiccups
  • Bad breath
  • Bloating
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth


Your doctor may be able to tell if you've got acid reflux when you visit his offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, also serving Frankfort and Orland Park, IL, to discuss your symptoms. An endoscopy may be necessary for diagnosis. Here, your doctor sends a tube into your upper gut to examine it. He may take small tissue for further testing.

Managing acid reflux may require changes to your diet and your doctor can guide you through this change. Over-the-counter medication may help manage your symptoms. Prescription-strength medications from your doctor may be necessary for more severe symptoms. Common medications for acid reflux management include:

  • Antacids
  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • Baclofen
  • H-2 receptor blockers

If you've got unpleasant heartburn and other signs of acid reflux, consult your doctor. Call (708) 475-5233 to see your doctor, Dr. Ayub of Southwest Gastroenterology a division of GI Partners of Illinois, with offices in New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Joliet, IL, also serving Frankfort and Orland Park, IL, for acid reflux diagnosis and treatment.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
December 11, 2020
Category: GI Treatments
Tags: Acid Reflux  

Do you struggle with frequent heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux? Your Joliet, Oak Lawn, and Lenox, IL, gastroenterologist, Dr. Kamran Ayub, can offer guidance and treatments that relieve your symptoms and prevent acid reflux flare-ups.

Heartburn isn't the only symptom of acid reflux

Heartburn often occurs when you have acid reflux, but it's far from the only symptom. The trouble starts when stomach acids flow backward into your esophagus, the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. This backward flow can occur if the sphincter at the bottom of the esophagus doesn't close completely.

The acids irritate the sensitive lining of your esophagus, causing an uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest. Other symptoms of acid reflux can include belching, a full feeling in your upper abdomen, hoarseness, laryngitis, or worsening asthma. A lump-in-the-throat sensation, a sore throat, excess saliva, and a bad taste in your mouth can also occur if you have acid reflux. Side effects from some medications may increase your risk of acid reflux.

How you can relieve and reduce acid reflux symptoms

Taking a few of these steps can be helpful if you have acid reflux:

  • Lose Weight: Extra pounds may press against your stomach, forcing acids back into the esophagus. Losing even a few pounds may offer a simple way to prevent acid reflux:
  • Change Your Eating Habits: Fried, fatty, and acidic foods can trigger acid reflux, as can caffeine, alcohol, garlic, and onions. Eliminating these foods, or at least limiting them, may help you avoid painful heartburn.
  • Don't Lie Down or Exercise After Eating: Avoid lying down for at least two hours after eating. Vigorous exercise may also cause reflux. It's best to schedule exercise sessions before mealtimes.

See Your Gastroenterologist if acid reflux happens often

If making a few changes doesn't improve your symptoms, it's a good idea to pay a visit to the Oak Lawn, Joliet, or Lenox, IL, gastroenterology office. Frequent heartburn may be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disorder GERD), a condition that affects about 20 percent of people in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Your gastroenterologist may recommend an endoscopy to help him determine the cause of your symptoms and recommend the best treatment for you. The minimally invasive test allows him to view the lining of your esophagus and stomach using digital technology. Prescription and non-prescription medications that reduce or block acid production are often used to treat acid reflux.

Is acid reflux a frequent problem for you? Call (708) 475-5233 to schedule an appointment with your gastroenterologist in Joliet, Oak Lawn, and Lenox, IL, Dr. Ayub.

By Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP
December 18, 2018
Category: Conditions
Tags: Acid Reflux  

Don’t let heartburn ruin mealtimes for you. Our doctors in Oak Lawn, Joliet, and New Lenox, IL, can help you manage your acid reflux.

Do you worry that every time you are eating something that afterward you’re going to be dealing with a burning, gnawing feeling in your throat and chest? If so, you could be dealing with a problem known as acid reflux. While acid reflux will happen to most of us at some point, if you are experiencing symptoms frequently then it might be time to turn to one of gastroenterologist Dr. Kamran Ayub's offices in Oak Lawn, Joliet, or New Lenox, IL, to find out what’s going on.


What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

As many as 60 million Americans experience acid reflux at least once a month, according to WebMD. Are you one of them? Well, you might be if you are experiencing,

  • Heartburn: a burning sensation in your chest and often the throat.
  • Acid in the throat (known as regurgitation)
  • Frequent burping
  • Nausea after eating
  • Bloating

These symptoms often appear if,

  • You’ve eaten a heavy or large meal
  • You lie down immediately after eating
  • If you eat spicy foods
  • You are consuming caffeinated beverages or drinking alcohol

You may notice that your acid reflux symptoms get worse at night. Women who are pregnant are also at risk for acid reflux.


When should I visit a gastroenterologist for acid reflux?

While experiencing the occasional bout of acid reflux shouldn’t make you run for the doctor’s office, you should turn to our New Lenox, IL, office if,

  • Symptoms get worse or don’t improve with over-the-counter medications
  • You have difficult or painful swallowing
  • You have unexplained or unexpected weight loss
  • You are dealing with nausea or vomiting due to heartburn
  • You are vomiting blood
  • You feel like you have a lump in your throat
  • You develop a persistent cough
  • You develop hoarseness or a raspy in your voice


If you are dealing with acid reflux in Oak Lawn, Joliet, or New Lenox, IL, then let our gastrointestinal specialists provide you with the treatment that you need to reduce your heartburn symptoms and to make eating a pain-free experience. For New Lenox, call (708) 475-5233, for Oak Lawn, call (708) 475-5233, and for Joliet, call (708) 475-5233