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By Advanced Digestive Care
March 28, 2019
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Heartburn  

Find out when it’s time to turn to a doctor to handle your heartburn symptoms.

We all deal with heartburn every once in a while. Maybe it was that spicy bowl of chili that did you in or too much champagne on NYE.Heartburn We’ve all been there; however, if your heartburn is frequent and affecting your life then it’s time to turn to our Clearwater, FL, gastroenterologists Dr. Umesh Choudhry and Dr. Gourisankar Degala to find out what you can do to get your heartburn under control.

Treating Your Heartburn on Your Own

If this is the first time you’re dealing with heartburn then you may not immediately call up your doctor for help. Most people try an over-the-counter antacid to get their heartburn under control. If this works for you, great! However, if you find yourself turning to antacids a couple times of week or if the medication isn’t getting your occasional heartburn under control then it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Clearwater, FL, digestive doctor.

Seeing a Doctor for Heartburn

If you are experiencing heartburn frequently it’s important that you turn to a doctor for a diagnosis, as your symptoms could be indicative of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can damage tissue in the esophagus if left untreated. Warning signs of GERD include:

  • Heartburn (a burning in the chest)
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Feeling like there is a lump in your throat
  • Regurgitation of food and stomach acid

In order to diagnose your heartburn we will discuss the symptoms you are having and ask you a series of questions about your symptoms. If we suspect that your heartburn may be the result of GERD then we may recommend that you get an X-ray or an endoscopy, which will allow us to examine the esophagus and the stomach to check for any damage. Sometimes an acid probe test is performed to be able to see when and how severely acid backs up into the esophagus. From there we can make a definitive diagnosis as to whether or not you have GERD.

Treating GERD

If you do have GERD you’ll be happy to hear that there are several ways to treat this problem, from simple lifestyle changes to prescription medications. Lifestyle changes include:

  • Eating smaller meals more frequently
  • Not eating for 2-3 hours before bed
  • Not lying down after eating
  • Avoiding acidic, spicy, and fried foods, as well as coffee and alcohol
  • Elevating your head while sleeping
  • Quitting or avoiding smoking

Antacids can be taken either before mealtimes or as you start to notice symptoms. Common antacids include:

  • Histamine H2 antagonists
  • H2 blocks
  • Proton pump inhibitors

These medications work either by reducing excess stomach acid or by preventing the production of stomach acid to heal damaged tissue and reduce heartburn symptoms.

Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL, provides comprehensive gastrointestinal treatments to patients of all ages. Has heartburn left you dreading food? If you said “yes’ then it’s time to turn to us for answers.

By Advanced Digestive Care
June 12, 2018
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Heartburn  

If you have ever experienced heartburn, you may know that it can be a frustrating and annoying condition that can cause you to question Heartburnthe foods you eat. However, this condition is often mild and not a cause for concern. Knowing when heartburn becomes a problem, what causes it, and when you should see your doctor can help you understand this condition and its treatments. Find out more about heartburn with Dr. Umesh Choudhry and Dr. Gourisankar (Shankar) Degala at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL.

What is heartburn? 
Heartburn is a condition affecting the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. Heartburn occurs when acid from the stomach, which has a special lining to protect it from the substance, refluxes up into the esophagus, which does not have a protective lining. This can cause a burning sensation, difficulty swallowing, coughing, regurgitation of liquids or food into the throat, hoarseness, or a long-term sore throat.

What causes heartburn? 
Heartburn can come from various root causes. Often, heartburn has to do with what goes into the stomach, with caffeine, certain medications, carbonated beverages, chocolate, alcohol, and acidic foods or drinks being the most common risk factors. Smoking, a high-fat diet, obesity, and certain conditions like a hiatal hernia can also cause heartburn. Heartburn is also common in pregnant women.

When should I see my doctor about my heartburn? 
If your heartburn becomes severe or begins occurring more than twice a week, it is time to schedule an appointment with your gastroenterologist to ensure that you do not experience further complications from your condition. Other signs you can use a doctor’s help with your heartburn include waking frequently at night due to heartburn, difficulty swallowing, or if your heartburn does not respond to over-the-counter drugs and lifestyle changes.

Heartburn Treatments in Clearwater, FL
Over-the-counter treatments for heartburn can help in mild cases and, often, lifestyle changes like avoiding certain foods or quitting smoking are enough to help decrease the severity of your symptoms. However, heartburn which does not respond to these treatments may require help from your gastroenterologist. Prescription drugs, endoscopic treatment, and even surgery may be necessary to help patients with severe heartburn.

For more information on heartburn, please contact Dr. Choudhry and Dr. Degala at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL. Call (727) 462-0444 to schedule your appointment with your gastroenterologist today!

By Advanced Digestive Care
July 13, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Heartburn  

Could that gnawing, burning feeling in your chest be due to heartburn?heartburn

Most people at some point will deal with a bout of heartburn, most likely the result of something they ate. Of course, if you’ve been noticing heartburn more often than not then you may be a bit more concerned. Could there be something more serious going on? How can you treat your symptoms and reduce heartburn attacks? Our Clearwater, FL, gastroenterologists, Dr. Umesh Choudhry and Dr. Gourisankar Degala, are here to answer your questions.

What is heartburn?

So, you know that you feel a miserable burning sensation in your throat and chest but you aren’t quite sure what’s going on in there. Heartburn, also called indigestion, occurs when the acids in your stomach travel backwards into the esophagus. Heartburn is often a very good indicator that you are dealing with a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).

How do you know it’s heartburn?

Anytime people experience this burning sensation in their chest they worry that it might actually be their heart and not heartburn at all. Of course, if you are dealing with a heart condition you may notice heart palpitations or changes in the rhythm of your heart. You may feel as if there is something sitting on your chest or you may experience shortness of breath. If you notice any of these symptoms then you need seek emergency medical care immediately.

What can cause heartburn?

Heartburn can occur after eating certain acidic or spicy foods, after eating a large meal in one sitting, or after lying down or going to bed immediately after eating. Those who are overweight or obese, as well as pregnant women are more likely to deal with heartburn.

Should I treat my heartburn?

If you are dealing with heartburn pretty regularly this is an issue that you will need to address to prevent serious complications such as esophageal damage. If over-the-counter heartburn medications aren’t helping keep your symptoms under control then it’s the perfect time to visit our Clearwater GI specialist for care.

Are you concerned about your heartburn? Wondering how to get your GERD under control? Then it’s time you called Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL, to help you get your heartburn under control. Call our office today!

By Advanced Digestive Care
January 19, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Heartburn  

Heartburn is an uncomfortable digestive problem that affects over 40 percent of Americans each month. It's related to a number of factorsheartburn including diet, eating habits and even the way that you sleep at night. In most cases, it's related to a particular food that upsets the digestive system. Thankfully, the doctors at Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL, have solutions for your chronic heartburn. Here are a few common symptoms of heartburn to look out for.

Throat Problems
One of the first signs of a problem with heartburn is a burning or thick feeling in the throat, which is caused by the regurgitation of stomach acid and food particles (acid reflux). The fluids in your stomach come up into your throat and sometimes in your mouth. This creates a sour taste in the throat and makes it harder to swallow. There may also be a sensation that there is food constantly stuck in the back of the throat. Over time, the acid can irritate the inner lining of the esophagus. 

Burning Sensation in Chest
When there's heartburn, you may feel a burning sensation in the chest area near the heart, which is why it is called "heartburn." At times that burning sensation or pain can extend down to the upper abdomen. The burning feeling most commonly happens shortly after eating a food or drinking a beverage that doesn't agree with your digestive system.

General Chest Pain
Another symptom of heartburn is pain in the chest. This pain can start when you lay down after eating or bend over to pick something up. It's important to see your Clearwater doctor for an examination in the case of chest pain to ensure that it isn't being confused with a heart issue.

Gas (Burping), Hoarse Voice and Bad Breath
When a patient has heartburn. they may have the constant urge to belch. Also, a hoarseness may develop in the patient's voice over time due to the acid flowing up to the throat. Another possible symptom of heartburn is bad breath, which is caused by the regurgitation of sour-smelling acid from the stomach.

Heartburn No More
You no longer have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of heartburn. Call Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL, at (727) 462-0444 today for a remedy.