Northside Gastroenterology Associates, PA
Ayub Hussain, MD
Gastroenterologist located in Cypress, TX & Katy, TX
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which you deal with chronic acid reflux. It’s an uncomfortable issue for many men and women today, but you do not have to continue living with GERD pain. Dr. Ayub Hussain at Northside Gastroenterology Associatesin Cypress Texas, has more than 20 years of experience with GERD diagnosis and treatment, and he’s ready to guide you to relief. Call one of their offices or schedule an appointment online.
GERD Q & A
What is GERD?
GERD is a condition in which your stomach contents, including stomach acid, backwash into your esophagus. This is called acid reflux, also called heartburn. It’s not uncommon to have acid reflux once in a while, but if it’s a regular issue for you, you may have GERD.
If you have mild acid reflux two or more times per week, or if you have moderate-to-severe acid reflux at least once a week, Dr. Hussain may diagnose you with GERD.
What are the symptoms of GERD?
The hallmark symptoms of GERD is a burning feeling that’s typically centered behind your breastbone and traveling up to your throat. Usually, this happens after you eat and is often worse in the evening. You might also have:
- A bitter or sour taste in your throat
- Food sticking in your throat
- Lump in your throat
- Chest pain
- Sleep disruptions
- Sore throat and/or laryngitis
- Chronic cough
- Abdominal pain
In its most severe form, GERD can sometimes lead to unintended weight loss, ulcers, and internal scarring. Fortunately, Northside Gastroenterology Associates has GERD treatments that can help you feel normal again.
What is the treatment for GERD?
Treatment of GERD usually includes both lifestyle changes and medication, if needed. Dr. Hussain may recommend:
- Raising the head of your bed
- Not laying flat after eating
- Avoiding high-acid foods
- Losing excess weight (if needed)
If over-the-counter medication doesn’t help with your GERD symptoms, Dr. Hussain may prescribe medication like H2 receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors, which help lessen your stomach acid and boost healing abilities to reduce symptoms.
Another class of GERD drugs are called promotility agents. These drugs work by increasing pressure in your lower esophageal sphincter, which in turn helps you clear acid out of your esophagus and aids in food movement.
In the rare cases where lifestyle changes and medication don’t resolve your GERD symptoms, you could need a surgical procedure for long-term relief. Dr. Hussain explains all your treatment options and supports you in making the best decision for your lifestyle and situation.
Get GERD treatment in Houston from the Northside Gastroenterology Associates team by calling either office or clicking the online appointment maker.