GERD: A Burning Issue for Many
For many people, heartburn is more than just an occasional annoyance. These people have a common digestive problem called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). With GERD, the contents of the stomach flow back up into the esophagus.
Many things can cause GERD, such as being obese or pregnant. Your lifestyle choices may be to blame, or your digestive muscles may not work properly.
Although GERD is rarely life-threatening, it can lead to bleeding or ulcers in the esophagus. Plus, it may increase a person’s risk for a type of cancer of the esophagus. Scientists aren’t sure why.
People with GERD sometimes need medications to ease their symptoms. Over-the-counter antacids can stop the acid. But when antacids aren’t enough, other medications can help lower acid.
Medicines called histamine-2 receptor antagonists also can help cut stomach acid. They are available over the counter and by prescription. For people with more serious cases of GERD, doctors may suggest medications called proton pump inhibitors.
A SURGICAL OPTION
Lifestyle changes and medications help most people. Some people will need surgery. They include adults who don’t get better with medicine or who get severe nighttime heartburn. Surgery also can help those with a bleeding or narrowing esophagus or other problems.
If you have GERD, your doctor can help you decide the best treatment.
Is it GERD?
Heartburn and acid regurgitation are the classic signs of GERD. Other signs may include:
- Chest pain
- Trouble swallowing
Fill out our online acid reflux assessment form below to find out if you are at risk.Acid Reflux Assessment
Related ArticlesGERD Treatments
Barrett's Esophagus Explained
Advanced COPD: GERD Is Common
Nov 28, 2023, 19:07 PM by Laker, J.Watch three angles of the ongoing construction of NexusPark through November, 2023.Full story
Nov 15, 2023, 19:09 PM by Andrew LakerOffice hours for CRH-affiliated practices and service lines for the 2023/2024 holiday season.Full story
Nov 1, 2023, 17:35 PM by User Not FoundColumbus Regional Health Healthy Communities Council recognizes unintentional and intentional gun deaths and injuries as a public health crisis.Full story
Oct 12, 2023, 16:03 PM by DeClue, A.On Oct. 28, Columbus Regional Health Breast Health Services will offer a free clinical breast screening event for those whose insurance does not cover breast screenings. Also, throughout November, the CRH Lung Care Team is offering low-dose lung scans to anyone who is eligible and hasn’t had a lung scan before.Full story
Oct 11, 2023, 17:54 PM by DeClue, A.Columbus Regional Health is pleased to announce the first phase of the relocation process for those practices and services moving into the health system’s dedicated space in NexusPark. In this first phase, OB/GYN Associates will relocate to NexusPark and open to patients on Oct. 23, 2023.Full story
Sep 13, 2023, 19:33 PM by Newton, A.The safety of Columbus Regional Health's workforce is our priority. The formation of the Columbus Regional Hospital Police Department in 2020 has allowed us to have immediate response from law enforcement for workforce members. As part of their work, our Workplace Violence Prevention Committee reviews workplace violence incidents and looks at how to incorporate various scenarios in our training and education for staff.Full story