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By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
September 15, 2021

Dealing with acid reflux? Here’s how we can help…

You love Taco Tuesday. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to love you back. Now you are dealing with the burning and discomfort of heartburn. We’ve all been there; however, if acid reflux and heartburn seem to be all too commonplace for you these days, then it may be time to turn to our Flemington, NJ, gastroenterologist Dr. Anubha Sinha for answers and treatment options.

What is acid reflux?

The stomach produces acid that helps to break down food. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a bundle of muscle that opens up to allow food into the stomach, but closes to prevent the food from traveling back into the esophagus; however, if the LES is damaged or weak it may not close, which can cause acid and bile to travel back through the throat, resulting in acid reflux.

Is acid reflux dangerous?

If you have the occasional bout of acid reflux it may certainly be unpleasant but it’s usually nothing to worry about; however, if you are dealing with severe symptoms that are affecting what you eat, your symptoms occur two or more times a week or you are popping antacids every day, it’s time to see our Flemington, NJ, gastroenterologist. After all, recurring and persistent acid reflux is often a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and untreated GERD can lead to more serious issues.

How does a gastroenterologist treat acid reflux?

If you have acid reflux but you’re not dealing with GERD, then simple lifestyle modifications can help reduce heartburn episodes. These lifestyle changes include,

  • Losing weight, if overweight or obese
  • Eating smaller but more frequent meals rather than larger meals
  • Quitting tobacco and smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol, chocolate, greasy or spicy foods, tomatoes and other trigger foods and drinks
  • Not lying down immediately after eating
  • Not eating 2-3 hours before bedtime

These habits along with the occasional use of certain over-the-counter medications designed to treat heartburn may be able to help you if you deal with irregular bouts of heartburn. However, if you have GERD, you will require different care.

While lifestyle modifications will remain the same for those with GERD, the medications used to treat this condition will be different from those that help with occasional heartburn symptoms. After all, the goal of GERD treatment is not only to manage heartburn and acid reflux but also to give the lining of the esophagus time to heal. Common medications prescribed to treat GERD include proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers (also referred to as H2 receptor antagonists).

Our gastroenterologist Dr. Sinha and the team at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists are ready to welcome you to their Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ, practices. If you are dealing with recurring or severe acid reflux, call us at (908) 788-8200 to schedule an evaluation.

By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
May 07, 2021
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Gastroenterologist  

A well-functioning gastrointestinal (GI) tract helps your body absorb the necessary nutrients your body needs to keep your body working as it should. Various interconnected organs depend upon one another, and a malfunction in one can interrupt the entire process and cause complications throughout. A gastroenterologist is a specialist in treating conditions related to the GI tract and they can be your biggest ally in diagnosing these early and treating them. To learn about all the benefits that they can provide look no further than your local Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ, gastroenterologist Dr. Anubha Sinha of Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists.

Stomachaches

Abdominal pain is not always a cause for concern unless it is severe or recurring. Your doctor can help you identify the source of discomfort.

Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause a lot of the symptoms that we associate with common stomachaches, but the difference is that it is a chronic condition that requires long-term treatment, which your doctor can provide, via medication and dietary guidance.

Heartburn

Similarly, heartburn can be something that many of us will experience from time to time. But when it becomes chronic then your GI doctor is the best person to turn to. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a more severe form of typical acid reflux and can bring on complications if it is not treated, or mistreated, as can happen when sufferers attempt to do so with over the counter heartburn treatments.

Bathroom Problems

Whether it is constipation or diarrhea, or blood in your stool, each could signal several conditions that require treatment from your Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ, gastroenterologist. The source of the problem could be as simple as diet to circumstances that may require surgical intervention.

Age

The common theme is to be wary of chronic or severe conditions, but identifying these on your own can be difficult. It's why regular checkups are so very important, and they become much more so after the age of 50. Your doctor can screen you for several GI conditions before symptoms even present themselves.

Make an appointment today with Dr. Sinha of Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Flemington and Hillsborough, NJ, by dialing (908) 788-8200.

By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
July 03, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology

Have a question for our Flemington & Hilsborough gastroenterologist? We are here to answer some of your most popular questions.

The GI tract can be rather confusing sometimes. You may be dealing with stomach cramps or have trouble with heartburn. If so, you may end up coming up with a laundry list of questions for our GI doctor. Well, now we are here to provide you with some of the answers you’ve been looking for.

Q. Why should I see a gastroenterologist?

A. If you’ve talked to your family physician about some of the gastrointestinal issues you’ve been experiencing (e.g. heartburn; diarrhea; abdominal pain), then chances are good that your doctor will refer you to a gastroenterologist. You may also want to visit us if you have a family history of colon cancer or if you are over the age of 50 (to start getting routine colon cancer screenings).

Q. What problems can a gastroenterologist treat?

A. As you probably already know, a gastroenterologist is a medical professional who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions of the gastrointestinal system as well as digestive organs. This includes everything from the esophagus and stomach to the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

Q. Should I get a colonoscopy from my Flemington & Hilsborough gastroenterologist?

A. Any man or woman over the age of 50 should start getting routine colonoscopies. If results come back normal, then you may not need to come in for another colonoscopy for another 10 years. Of course, if you have a family history of colon cancer, if you are African American or you have other risk factors, then we may determine that you should come in more regularly and earlier for screenings.

Q. What are some ways to treat heartburn?

A. While some people may be able to remedy their heartburn by taking an over-the-counter medication, if these medications aren’t doing the trick then it’s time you turned to us for a prescription medication that could help reduce flare-ups. Of course, avoiding acidic or spicy foods and eating smaller portions can also help reduce your heartburn symptoms.

Q. How can I prevent colon cancer?

A. There are many easy lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health and reduce your chances of colon cancer including limiting alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, eating a healthy balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight. Everyone, no matter their risk level, should be screened for colon cancer.

If you have any other questions that we didn’t address here, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and your Flemington & Hilsborough gastroenterologist a call. If you need to sit down and talk to us, we would be happy to schedule a consultation for you.