Do you often experience heartburn, belching or a sour-tasting fluid in your throat? Do you regularly cough during or right after eating or drinking? If so, you’re not alone. More than 15 million Americans have some form of a swallowing disorder. It can occur at any age. It can be caused by injury, a nerve or muscle problem or even cancer. It can be temporary, or indicative of a more serious medical problem.
Summa Health medical and surgical specialists focus on diagnosing and treating a broad array of swallowing issues, from acid reflux, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and heartburn to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and esophageal cancers. In fact, we've been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top-performing hospitals in the specialties of endocrinology (diabetes care) and gastroenterology.
While the terms acid reflux, GERD and heartburn are often used interchangeably, they actually have different meanings:
Some signs and symptoms of acid reflux, GERD and swallowing disorders may include:
Please note that chest pain caused by acid reflux and GERD may feel similar to that caused by heart problems. Be sure to have any chest pain evaluated by your doctor.
Since symptoms can vary in severity and frequency, Summa Health medical and surgical specialists perform a comprehensive evaluation using various diagnostic tools, like:
After an evaluation of esophageal function, we’ll create an individualized treatment plan based on the type and severity of your condition and how it’s affecting your day-to-day functionality. Typical treatment options include:
If you are experiencing symptoms of acid reflux, GERD or a swallowing disorder, talk to your doctor or schedule an appointment with the Summa Health medical and surgical specialists at 330.761.1111.