Acid reflux is a common and easily diagnosed condition that occurs when stomach acid flows back up into your Esophagus. Acid reflux is also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) when reflux occurs more than twice a week. It is typically described as a burning pain that is felt within your lower chest and frequently referred to as heartburn.
Common causes of acid reflux can most often be attributed to lifestyle habits, and occasionally other factors such as pregnancy or a hernia.
- Sour or bitter taste in your mouth
- Dry or persistent cough
- Chest or upper abdominal pain
- Discomfort in your chest, increasing as you lie down or bend over
- Bad breath
The following circumstances and lifestyle habits can contribute to your burning pain:
- Consuming high levels of sodium
- Not eating enough fiber
- Little to no physical exercise
- Various medications (such as sedatives, painkillers, antidepressants)
- High intake of alcohol or caffeine
If you think you may be experiencing acid reflux, contact us to request an appointment with one of our gastroenterology specialists in Raleigh, Cary or Holly Springs.