Acid Reflux Specialist

Texas Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterologists located in Tomball, TX

If acid reflux affects your daily life, trust Maninder Guram, MD, to help you manage your condition. As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Guram specializes in acid reflux treatments, offering a variety of medication options and providing helpful guidance. He takes an individualized approach, knowing that one-size-fits-all treatment doesn’t work with acid reflux. If you’re looking for a gastroenterologist in the Tomball, Texas, area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Guram at Texas Gastroenterology Associates.

Acid Reflux Q & A

Texas Gastroenterology Associates

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) fails to close all the way, allowing stomach acid to move up into the esophagus. The stomach acid irritates and burns the esophagus, causing discomfort.

If symptoms occur more than twice per week on average, you have acid reflux. Symptoms include:

  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation or hiccups
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Burping
  • Bloating

What risk factors make me prone to acid reflux?

While the LES is the physiological cause of acid reflux, some of your habits may contribute to its prevalence. The following factors tend to cause acid reflux flare-ups:

  • Eating big meals
  • Lying down after meals
  • Being overweight
  • Eating certain foods, such as tomato-based sauces, spicy food, and citrus fruits
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy

When should I see my doctor?

If your acid reflux doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medication, it’s time to consult a physician. If you experience GERD twice a week or more and your symptoms are severe, Dr. Guram can help alleviate your discomfort.

Dr. Guram has many tests at his disposal, including X-ray, esophageal manometry, and endoscopy, to determine the anatomical cause of your symptoms. As a specialist, he offers a variety of treatment approaches to target the condition.

What treatment options do I have for acid reflux?

Lifestyle changes are part of the first line of treatment. Dr. Guram gives you ideas for relief, including altered sleeping arrangements and meal timing. He may suggest over-the-counter acid neutralizers before prescribing more potent acid reflux medication.

If store-bought antacids don’t do the trick, Dr. Guram may have you try prescription medication such as:

  • Foaming agents to coat your stomach
  • H2 blockers to reduce acid production
  • Proton pump inhibitors to reduce the amount of acid produced
  • Prokinetics to strengthen the LES and empty your stomach faster

It may take some tweaking to figure out the right combination of medication and lifestyle adjustments for you. If you don’t find relief from any of these approaches, Dr. Guram may suggest surgery for the esophagus.

When acid reflux keeps you up at night, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Guram. Call or book an appointment online at Texas Gastroenterology Associates.