When to See a Specialist about Acid Reflux

Most people typically suffer from heartburn at some point. Indigestion or acid reflux usually occurs after a meal and millions suffer from heartburn at least once per month. If heartburn causes suffering more frequently or more severely, then a doctor should be consulted about it.

Many heartburn symptoms could indicate an acid reflux problem. Frequent and severe heartburn that persists after numerous over-the-counter medications have been tried can indicate an acid reflux problem. Heartburn that interferes with sleep, lifestyle and daily activities can also indicate an acid reflux problem.

Difficulty and pain with swallowing, the frequent feeling of food caught in the throat or chest and pain in the neck, back or chest may be indicators of acid reflux. Excess saliva, heartburn that causes vomiting and vomiting blood are known symptoms of acid reflux.

Acid reflux may also cause black stool resulting from digesting blood. A persistently sore throat and episodes of choking, coughing or wheezing may also indicate the presence of acid reflux. Finally, a dramatic episode of weight loss can also be an indicator for acid reflux.

Seeing your doctor for any of these symptoms is advised and can help you in finding relief from the symptoms. Your doctor should be able to determine if you have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and with treatment, help you to stop experiencing most if not all the symptoms. Finding the right medical professional to help with your health and solve your heartburn problems is also very important.

Several websites may be useful in finding the right doctor to help solve your problem.

The AARP’s magazine and online website list the top hospitals for the over-50 frequent heartburn sufferers.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. researches and compiles a list of the top doctors and hospitals in dealing with this disease.

The American Medical Association provides a Doctor Finder service that provides information on over 700,000 physicians practicing in the United States.

Health Grades provides profiles and quality reports on hospitals and doctors by specialty.

A government-sponsored site called Hospital Compare provides hospital quality assurance rankings and patient rights information.

The National Institutes of Health developed the Medline Plus site with links to health professionals’ directories in your area.

InfoPlease is a site listing the best hospitals in the United States based on rankings coming from the U.S. News and World Report.

LocateADoc is a patient reviewed site helping you to find physicians and their patient’s reviews.

With so many options available, you can easily find a doctor familiar with acid reflux who can help you receive the treatment you need.

About the Author: Elizabeth Radisson is the editor of OurGoodHealth.org OurGoodHealth.org For more articles on OurGoodHealth.org/acid-reflux/ acid reflux and related topics, such as heartburn and indigestion, visit OurGoodHealth.org/acid-reflux/ OurGoodHealth.org/acid-reflux/

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