ARTICLES ON HEALTH
ASK THE PROVIDER: Acid Reflux
JEFFREY SLOAN, MD, Family & Emergency Medicine
Blue Cross / Blue Shield Certified
Q: I have been experiencing an increase in heartburn and nausea after eating meals. I’m wondering if it might be acid reflux, but how can I know for sure and what can I do to make it go away?
After eating a pleasant meal, there is nothing more unpleasant than experiencing that your body might be rejecting what you have eaten. Symptoms of acid reflux include belching, nausea, regurgitation, bloating, and especially indigestion — a burning sensation in your chest, otherwise known as heartburn. This happens when acids produced in the stomach travel back up the esophagus, which can result in a sour, bitter taste in the mouth and can cause various levels of upper abdominal pain.
If battling acid reflux on a frequent basis, or experiencing other issues such as painful swallowing, difficulty eating or unexplained weight loss, it’s important to seek help not only for relief, but also to prevent and/or repair damage to your body.
At Stone County Hospital, our new Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) test is a tool we offer to assess and help patients who are having difficulty with these types of symptoms that impact their ability to eat and drink.
The MBS test uses a metallic compound called barium that shows up on images and tracks movement through the digestive system to reveal any potential problems. We will then work with you to manage this condition, including developing the safest treatment and diet for you.
To learn more about this new test and if you are a candidate for it, please call 601.928.6600.