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What is GERD?

GERD Treatment Round Rock TX

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also referred to as reflux, is a chronic digestive disease in which acid and bile flow back from the stomach into the esophagus, creating pain and often causing damage to the lining of the esophagus.

What Causes Gerd?

GERD is caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally the LES acts like a one-way valve, allowing food and liquid to pass through to the stomach, but preventing stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus.

Risks of GERD

In addition to producing a wide range of symptoms, GERD can lead to potentially serious complications including:

  • Esophagitis (Inflammation that can damage the tissue of the esophagus)
  • Stricture (Narrowing of the esophagus)
  • Barrett’s esophagus (Pre-cancerous changes to the tissue lining the esophagus)
  • Esophageal cancer

GERD Symptoms

The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn. However, GERD can produce a wide variety of symptoms including those listed below.

  • Dental erosion & bad breath
  • Change in voice
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat
  • Asthma
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heartburn
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation

Living With GERD

GERD can affect your life beyond the symptoms you feel. Patients with GERD often suffer:

  • Poor quality of sleep
  • Reduced work productivity
  • Dietary compromises to avoid symptoms
  • Concerns about the long-term effects of GERD
  • Life-long dependence on GERD medications
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Thanksgiving Tips from Dr. Buckley

Following are some tips from Dr. Buckley to help reduce GERD symptoms: Schedule an earlier meal. It's best not to eat late at night if you suffer from GERD.   Another good idea is to serve lighter appetizers. Fatty foods like chips, dips, and cheeses are slow to empty from the stomach and more likely ...Read More »

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