What’s Beyond Heartburn?
Reflux, or heartburn, is a bitter taste and burning pain in the back of your mouth and throat. Maybe you overdid it at the all-you-can-eat buffet or you sampled something from every booth at the street fair. If this happens occasionally but not regularly, and if an antacid tablet takes away the symptoms, you probably don’t have Barrett’s Esophagus.
Barrett’s Esophagus is much more serious and involves changes in the lining of the esophagus such as bleeding and scarring. You’ll have symptoms of heartburn but also probably have trouble swallowing, a dry cough, and even weight loss. You must get regular medical exams because if Barrett’s Esophagus goes untreated, it can lead to cancer of the esophagus.
If your heartburn occurs more than 2-3 times a week, you might have more than heartburn – it could be gastroesophageal reflux disease. It’s time to see a gastroenterologist before significant damage occurs to your esophagus. Our skilled, board-certified gastroenterologists can help you put out the fire in your throat. Call for an appointment: 201-666-3900.