Feeling heartburn but not sure if it’s just because you ate your meal too quickly or that you ate too close to bed time or that it was just too much food in one sitting? As our work/school/family schedules continue to get jam-packed, it’s no wonder that many of us lack the time to eat a mindful, balanced meal.
But, how do you know when to walk it off, pop an over-the-counter antacid for indigestion and when you should see a doctor?
Feeling More than Heartburn: GERD
If you’re feeling effects that go beyond mild heartburn (and that fails to respond to simple over-the counter medications), you could be experiencing gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Here are 5 symptoms that indicate you should seek medical attention promptly for better treatment of this condition.
1. Abdominal Cramping
An upset stomach, including moderate indigestion and gas, can cause cramping in your abdomen. But if those cramps persist beyond using the bathroom, resting, or are in conjunction with tarry-looking stools, visit urgent care right away. Sever cramps could indicate internal bleeding or other stomach or intestinal damage.
2. Difficulty Swallowing
If swallowing food has become painful or you feel as if you’re choking when you eat, this could be a sign of severe acid reflux. Your throat and esophagus could be damaged from constant reflux of stomach acid; see a physician at eMedical promptly.
3. Constantly Coughing
A chronic cough could be more than just the common cold or allergies; it could actually be caused by GERD. If you suffer from a cough that can’t be relieved by a cough suppressant or a rescue inhaler, visit urgent care to test for acid reflux.
4. Chest Pain
Many mistake heartburn for a heart attack, but sudden or sharp chest pain is never something to be ignored. Likewise, if you experience symptoms of shock, such as weakness, confusion and feeling faint or dizzy, these symptoms also call for a trip to the doctor immediately.
5. Weight Loss
Uncontrollable weight loss can be the result of GERD robbing your body of the nutrients needed to maintain weight. If you seem to be losing weight uncontrollably, you need to visit urgent care quickly. Any delay could result in nutritional deficiencies and a suppressed immune system.
Heartburn and GERD Relief at eMedical Urgent Care
If you are suffering any of the above symptoms that are stronger than your typical heartburn, visit with your eMedical Urgent Care Physician promptly for a proper diagnosis.
eMedical Urgent Care physicians provide urgent medical care and heartburn treatment to both adults and children with convenient hours designed to fit your busy schedule. Learn more about our services and how we can treat you and your family by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey (908) 464-6700, or Middletown, New Jersey (732) 957-0707.