Esophageal Disorders

Tillman Medical Group

Gastroenterologists & Internal Medicine located in Vidalia, LA

Your esophagus moves your food from your throat to your stomach. If you suffer from esophageal disorders, your condition can cause uncomfortable symptoms that can lead to other health problems. C. R. Tillman, MD, and Kellen Jex, MD, at Tillman Medical Group in Vidalia, Louisiana, provide excellent treatment of patients with esophageal disorders. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

Esophageal Disorders Q & A

What are esophageal disorders?

The esophagus is a vital part of your gastrointestinal tract. Small muscle contractions move food from your throat down to your stomach. Esophageal disorders can include malfunction of the muscle at the end of your esophagus, weakness or dysfunction of the muscles that move your food down into your stomach, which can prevent food from traveling down your throat or can cause stomach contents to travel back up and cause irritation.

Esophageal disorders can cause symptoms that include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Burping
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Sore throat
  • Chest pain while eating

If you recognize any of these symptoms that are associated with esophageal disorders, reach out to the team at Tillman Medical Group for a diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan for your condition.

What causes esophageal disorders?

Esophageal disorders can be triggered by:

  • Eating right before going to bed
  • Smoking
  • Carrying extra weight
  • Pregnancy
  • Eating large, fatty meals

Foods that can intensify symptoms include:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Tomato-based meals
  • Mint-flavored snacks
  • Chocolate

If you notice problems with your digestion, consider staying away from habits and foods that could cause an esophageal disorder to flare up. For a proper diagnosis and treatment, talk to your doctor at Tillman Medical Group.

How are esophageal disorders treated?

Tillman Medical Group offers a variety of treatments for esophageal disorders. Your recommended approach may start with staying away from trigger foods such as acidic, spicy, and fatty foods. If you’re overweight, your doctor can help you develop a weight loss plan.

Other treatments can include:

  • Medication to decrease excess stomach acid
  • Endoscopic evaluation and therapy such as dilation
  • Surgery

If your symptoms aren’t treated, you can develop other esophageal problems like ulcers or tears. That’s why seeing your doctor is extremely important if you’re having issues.

When it becomes necessary, the team at Tillman Medical Group can refer you for minimally invasive surgery. You can be confident that their training, expertise, and experience produces the best outcome for your condition so you can start feeling better.

If you’re struggling with an esophageal disorder, see the experts at Tillman Medical Group for professional care. Call the office, or book an appointment online today.