Acid Reflux Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL & South Elgin, IL

Acid reflux can be embarrassing and painful, but you can get your condition under control with the right personalized medical care and support. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, the gastroenterology specialists provide a number of effective treatments to help you manage your acid reflux and improve the health of your digestive system. From medication to lifestyle changes, the skilled medical group assists you in finding the best treatments to suit you. Schedule your appointment online or call the Illinois Gastroenterology Group today.

Acid Reflux Q & A

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is often heartburn. A severe form of it is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Acid reflux involves stomach acid spilling up into your esophagus. When your stomach acid flows backward into your esophagus, it can damage the esophagus tissue lining over time.

With acid reflux, you can experience:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Taste of acid
  • Belching
  • Frequent clearing of your throat

 

The most common symptom of acid reflux is a burning sensation in the throat and chest.

What Causes Acid Reflux?

It isn’t always clear what causes acid reflux, but several factors can play a role. When you swallow food, it enters your esophagus and your digestive muscles push the food down the esophagus and through your lower esophageal sphincter, the valvelike opening that connects your esophagus to your stomach.

Normally, the esophageal sphincter remains closed after food passes through it. When food enters the stomach, a blend of acids and enzymes your body produces helps you to break down your food.

When you have acid reflux, your lower esophageal sphincter doesn’t close properly and your stomach acid splashes back up into the esophagus during digestion.

Your stomach is designed to handle this powerful acid, but your esophageal lining is more fragile. Repeated exposure to the acid can wear away your esophageal lining over time in a condition called erosive esophagitis. In some cases, erosive esophagitis can develop into precancerous cells, Barrett’s esophagus, or esophageal cancer.

How is Acid Reflux Treated?

Illinois Gastroenterology Group offers effective diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux. To treat your acid reflux, your provider could recommend:

  • Antacid medications (over-the-counter or prescription)
  • Healthy lifestyle changes (better nutrition, exercise, and stress management)
  • Proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole
  • H2 receptor blockers (cimetidine, famotidine, nizatidine, ranitidine)


Your provider recommends helpful lifestyle changes like eating smaller meals, avoiding foods that trigger your heartburn, and losing excess weight. If you’re overweight, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider can help you lose weight and manage your condition.

In some cases, problematic GERD might need to be treated with surgery like an antireflux surgery, a minimally invasive procedure to correct gastroesophageal reflux by creating an effective valve mechanism at the bottom of your esophagus.

Don’t continue to suffer from acid reflux. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or book via the online system today.