When you eat, you rely on the stomach to produce acid which destroys the bacteria in the food. Once the food has been broken down, you hope that it will stay down. However, in some cases, the stomach contents can move back up into the esophagus and cause indigestion. Many people believe that acid reflux is simply the overproduction of stomach acid, but this is not the case.
If you are in the greater Memphis area and are experiencing the symptoms of acid reflux, your Southaven gastroenterologist from Premier Gastroenterology, PC may be able to help you seek relief.
If you are having difficulty sleeping, are experiencing heartburn and chest pain, or experience a chronic cough, you may be suffering from acid reflex. Choking and dysphagia are also common symptoms of acid reflux.
There are many different causes of acid reflux, as well as different substances which can worsen an existing condition. Once our Southaven gastroenterologist has diagnosed you with acid reflux or determined that your symptoms of indigestion are indeed caused by reflux, we can recommend a suitable treatment option.
Certain individuals are at higher risk for acid reflux, such as being overweight or obese. In some cases, adjusting your diet and adding in an exercise regimen may be enough to reduce your symptoms or eliminate them. However, in more severe cases or if you are not overweight, there may be other adjustments which need to be made. Our Southaven gastroenterologist begins with a variety of tests to diagnose you before moving onto surgical treatment or drug therapy.
To set up an initial appointment, call us now at (662) 349-6113.