Acid reflex affects many people on occasion, but when it becomes a regular challenge, and your symptoms interfere with your day-to-day life, it deserves expert medical attention. Board-certified Athens Digestive physicians provides care that helps you find relief from acid reflux. If you struggle with regular bouts of this uncomfortable digestive disorder, call the office or schedule online for a consultation.
Acid reflex, or heartburn, occurs when stomach acid flows back up into your esophagus and causes burning pain in your chest. If you experience acid reflux twice per week and more you’re diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a muscle that connects your esophagus to your stomach. It usually opens to let food enter the stomach and closes to prevent stomach contents from traveling back up into your esophagus. Acid reflux occurs when your LES is weak or damaged and allows stomach contents and acid to return up into the esophagus.
Bouts of acid reflux may occur due to pressure inside your stomach. Wearing a tight belt, overeating, and being overweight are all possible causes.