When Should I See a Doctor for Heartburn?
Everyone suffers from the occasional bout of heartburn. It often occurs if you drink too much alcohol, eat too late at night, or eat something spicy. But if you’re having regular recurrences of heartburn or a constant feeling of pain in your gut or esophagus, you should see a doctor to rule out something more serious.
Diagnostic Tools Used to Determine Why You’re Having Heartburn
While our physicians will take a careful medical history from you and ask many questions about your lifestyle and dietary habits, we also have a number of diagnostic tools at our disposal to help determine the condition, including upper GI endoscopy, x-ray, ambulatory acid probe tests, and acid monitoring. We can use these diagnostic tests to determine how much acid and how often the acid rises into your esophagus and what kind of damage there may be.
Treatment Options for Heartburn, Acid Reflux, and GERD
There are many over-the-counter medications that can help treat heartburn by neutralizing and inhibiting stomach acid. However, if you’re having to consume these medications like candy, you may need to speak to your physician about better options, including lifestyle and diet changes. In fact, one of the best ways to reduce regular episodes of heartburn is by being more mindful about when and what you eat and how quickly you lie down after eating. In some cases, if the reflux is severe or is at risk of causing long-term damage to your throat and esophagus, surgery may be necessary. Our team of providers can create a personalized heartburn management plan for you that addresses all of your unique needs and concerns.
If you are experiencing symptoms of heartburn or acid reflux, visit Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.