If you regularly experience acid reflux more than once a week, talk with your doctor – you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a chronic digestive disease in which stomach acid flows up into the esophagus, or food pipe, and causes damage if not treated.
“People often try to medicate themselves first, but when the problem becomes persistent, they should see their doctor to obtain prescription medication,” says Rafid J. Hussein, DO, gastroenterologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “Also, we may have to rule out other issues, such as gallbladder, pancreas or even heart problems.”
In some cases, gastroenterologists may need to perform an upper endoscopy, a procedure in which they insert a tube with a camera through the mouth to examine the stomach, food pipe and small intestine. The procedure can show whether the patient has any abnormal cells in the esophagus.
To make an appointment with Hussein, please call 573-331-3996.