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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.
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
- Trouble swallowing
- A feeling of something caught in your throat
- Sore throat
- Chest pain
- Bad breath
- 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:
- Proton pump inhibitors
- 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.
When it comes to matters involving your digestive tract, stomach, and colon, a gastroenterologist is the doctor to consult with. GI specialists also help patients with matters involving the pancreas, gallbladder, liver and other organs involved in the elimination of waste. Here are some of the most common frequently asked questions that patients have for gastroenterologists.
What Does a Gastroenterologist Do?
A gastroenterologist is tasked with studying, managing and treating disorders involving the gastrointestinal tract. They diagnose potential problems that stand in the way of your body’s ability to comfortably and easily digest food, move it through the body and get rid of waste. It’s important that your gastrointestinal system is healthy so that your body absorbs the nutrition it needs for energy and vitality. GI doctors undergo rigorous training in this specialized area of medicine for five or six years after medical school.
What Tests Are Needed?
There are a number of tests that a gastroenterologist may recommend depending on your digestive concerns. Here are a few of the most common ones:
- Colonoscopy (checks rectum, colon, and intestinal tract)
- Upper GI endoscopy (checks esophagus and upper gastro system)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy (similar to a colonoscopy, but only examines a portion of the colon)
- Endoscopic or abdominal ultrasound
- Abdominal Angiogram
- CT enterography
What Treatments Are Administered?
If a problem is identified in the gastrointestinal tract or system, there are a number of possible solutions your GI doctor may explore:
- Polyp removal (done with an endoscope)
- Esophageal, colonic, duodenal or bile duct stent placement (allows the comfortable passage of bodily fluids, solids, and waste)
- Cecostomy (clears bowels)
- Surgical procedures (such as bowel surgery, appendectomy, colostomy, proctectomy, gastric bypass surgery, etc)
Ask More Questions at Your Initial Appointment
Whatever specific questions you may have for a gastroenterologist, they are best addressed at your first visit.
You should make this important appointment when recommended by your primary physician or when you have symptoms of a GI problem (bleeding, chronic constipation or diarrhea, heartburn, and similar concerns).
Call Kamran Ayub, MD, MRCP in New Lenox, Joliet, Or Oak Lawn, IL to schedule a consultation today.