Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is a common condition many people suffer from. It can be painful, and it is characterised by acid from the stomach leaking into the oesophagus. The symptoms can be overwhelming and uncomfortable, and it often makes sense to seek treatment from a gastroenterologist.
You may already have a diagnosis of GORD. Or you may be seeking a diagnosis to receive the right treatment. In either case, here is some important information about the condition and routes to treatment.
Symptoms of Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
A range of symptoms characterises GORD, including:
- acid reflux (stomach acid comes into your mouth and causes an unpleasant taste)
- heartburn (a painful burning sensation in the chest usually after eating)
- bad breath
- feelings of nausea
- inflammation of the oesophagus (oesophagitis)
- difficulty in swallowing
Causes of Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease occurs when a ring of muscle at the base of the oesophagus weakens. When functioning normally, this ring will open to let food into your stomach and close to stop stomach acid leaking into your oesophagus. GORD means stomach acid can pass back into the oesophagus and become uncomfortable. The causes of the condition are not always clear.
Treatment Options for Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease
Patients usually consider non-drug treatments that can alleviate the symptoms of GORD. Lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, weight loss and cutting back on recognised trigger foods can minimise the impact of symptoms. Your doctor may also recommend smoking cessation and cutting back on alcoholic drinks.
There are also some types of drug that can cause or exacerbate the symptoms of the condition, including antacids, H2 receptor antagonists, and proton pump inhibitors. It is always best to discuss your medication with your doctor before making any changes and never stop taking the medication you have been prescribed. You may be able to reduce your dosage with medical guidance to minimise the impact of GORD.
Dr Rehan Haidry is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating patients with Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease. There is a range of medical therapies he can offer as well as pioneering endoscopic procedures. Dr Haidry is also the only doctor who offers endoscopic fundoplication in the UK and has pioneered its introduction to the care of clinical patients with GORD,
To discuss your symptoms with Dr Haidry and to also book an appointment for further tests and treatment options, contact his secretary directly.