Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a chronic disease affecting the muscles connecting the esophagus and stomach. The cause of GERG is stomach bile or acid that travels back up into this area of the food pipe. When this happens, it causes heartburn or acid indigestion. Having heartburn on occasion doesn’t constitute GERD. However, if you suffer from this condition more than twice weekly on a regular basis, you likely suffer from GERD. Additionally, if you have acid reflux that is debilitating or causing notable damage to your esophagus, this is likely GERD.
If you are suffering from heartburn accompanied by a sour taste in your mouth, this is a common sign of GERD. Another common symptom associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease is acid reflux. Acid reflux is a regurgitation of stomach bile or food that makes its way back up the food pipe. If you have GERD you may have trouble swallowing, suffer from a sore throat, or have a dry cough. These symptoms can be treated with a visit to Dr. Silver. If you are having more serious symptoms such as severe chest pain that you think is caused by GERD, get help immediately. This could be a heart attack.
When you visit with Dr. Silver he will begin with a thorough medical examination. This may include an upper endoscopy, during which he will insert a thin tube with a video camera into your esophagus and into your stomach. By diagnosing your condition using endoscopy, Dr. Silver can provide you with the most effective treatment for GERD. This may include medications to control heartburn and to strengthen the muscle in the esophagus associated with this condition. You may need to have surgery to repair this muscle if you do not respond well to medication.
At Dr. Silver's practice, we are in-network with Medicare, Blue Cross, and Blue Shield. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
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