Do you dread eating your next meal because you're afraid it will inevitably regurgitate? If so, don't ignore that feeling, as it can be an underlying symptom of gastrointestinal reflux disease (aka acid reflux), a condition that can lead to health complications if left untreated. Fortunately, here at Greater Houston Gastroenterology in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX, Dr. Ilyas Memon can provide acid reflux treatment to relieve your symptoms—read on to learn how.
What Causes Acid Reflux?
When your esophagus becomes irritated by acid moving back into your stomach, acid reflux, or G.E.R.D. will cause heartburn. Acid reflux diseases occur when the muscle at the entrance of your stomach, called the lower esophageal sphincter doesn't close all the way or opens more often than it should. Undergoing pregnancy, smoking tobacco, and consuming certain types of prescription medications/foods/beverages can also all produce frequent symptoms of this gastrointestinal disease.
Leading Symptoms of Acid Reflux
If you find yourself taking antacid tablets daily, experiencing heartburn more than twice a week, or having persistent symptoms that interfere with your quality of life, you should visit Ilyas Memon, MD, of Greater Houston Gastroenterology. At our offices in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX, office, he can identify if there is an underlying condition in addition to helping you manage and treat this digestive disease.
Acid Reflux Treatment
In most cases, acid reflux is treatable with lifestyle changes and acid reflux medication. Sometimes, it's also ideal to eat smaller meals at a slower pace to prevent the stomach from getting too full. If you overeat, you are more likely to develop pain in the abdomen or the chest area, and this can worsen acid reflux symptoms. Avoiding fatty and spicy foods as well as carbonated beverages can also reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort.
To learn more about acid reflux treatment or the other services provided at Greater Houston Gastroenterology, visit our website. For questions or appointment scheduling, both our office in The Woodlands as well as Conroe, TX, can be reached at 281-764-9500.