Health 101: Is It Acid Reflux Or An Underlying Medical Issue?

Health 101: Is It Acid Reflux Or An Underlying Medical Issue?

If you’re dealing with acid reflux, you’re certainly not alone. It’s estimated that one out of every five people in the United States suffer from the condition, which can cause pain and discomfort. It can affect anyone at any age, but I often see patients over the age of 40 who are experiencing symptoms.


What causes acid reflux?

In most people, acid reflux happens when a weak valve-like muscle between our stomach and esophagus allows acid and bile to go back up into the esophagus from the stomach. However, acid reflux can also be caused by other underlying health conditions, such as a hiatal hernia, abnormalities in the esophagus and more.


What are symptoms
of acid reflux?

Patients I see often describe the following symptoms:

•Burning sensation in

abdomen or chest

•Sore throat

•Hoarse voice


•Difficulty swallowing

If you’re experiencing acid reflux more than two or three times a week and medication isn’t alleviating your symptoms, you should let your doctor know and may need to be referred to a specialist. Symptoms such as weight loss, nausea and blood in your stool could be a sign of an underlying health issue.


How can I learn more about acid reflux?

I will be holding a free, virtual community education that is open to the public on Wednesday, May 3 from 5 to 6pm. During this educational session, we will discuss how people can manage acid reflux, side effects of anti-acid medication, how acid reflux could be a sign of an underlying health issue, surgery to stop having to take medication and more. There will also be a Q&A session. I encourage anyone who is dealing with acid reflux and looking for relief to sign up.

You can call (855) 442-4373 or visit


Dr. Housein Wazaz is a board-certified gastroenterologist at MidState Medical Center. For more information or to make an appointment, visit hartford or call (203) 237-2477.


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