Occasional heartburn is actually common, especially with certain foods or as we age. However, when the symptoms of your heartburn are frequent (2 or more days per week) or associated with acid reflux and other symptoms, it is time to seek acid reflux symptoms and treatment for chronic heartburn and acid reflux from a Utah GERD specialist who can help you find relief and rule out anything more serious.
When Should You Get Treatment for Heartburn and Acid Reflux?
- The symptoms for heartburn and acid reflux disease (GERD) are burning pain in the chest and regurgitation, usually occurring after eating, and may happen more often at night. The symptoms of acid reflux may worsen when lying down or bending over.
If you experience severe chest pain or pressure, especially if this pain is combined with other symptoms such as pain in your arm or jaw, or difficulty breathing you should seek immediate medical attention. Granite Peaks Gastroenterology has offices conveniently located in Salt Lake and Utah Counties.
A Gastroenterologist is a GERD Specialist
You’ll want to make an appointment with our team of GERD specialists if your heartburn or acid reflux occurs more than twice a week, or if you continue to experience discomfort despite the use of over the counter medications, or symptoms return after discontinuing medications. Heartburn that occurs frequently is considered GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Because GERD can damage your esophagus working with a physician is important. If you have difficulty swallowing, weight loss, or persistent symptoms despite treatment, notify your healthcare provider.
A physical exam and complete medical history is the first step in evaluating the symptoms of GERD and heartburn. Once your doctor has this information, additional testing may be necessary to find the right regimen for you. Often the use of either over the counter or prescription medications helps bring relief. You may be recommended to have x-rays, lab tests, or endoscopic procedures to determine the seriousness of your condition.