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Unexplained stomach pain: Could it be acid reflux?

Posted at 9:11 AM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 11:11:11-04

It is surprising how debilitating stomach pain can be, especially if you experience it every month, week, or even every day. But, how do you know what causes your stomach discomfort? Acid reflux could be the health problem behind the pain, so it is important to schedule a visit with your doctor to find relief.

What is acid reflux (GERD)?

When the ring of muscles, called the lower esophageal sphincter, weaken over time, the valve may not close all the way or open too frequently, allowing acid to reflux into the esophagus. Individuals can also develop hiatal hernias, which can cause chronic inflammation and pain in the esophagus.

If left untreated, GERD could result in serious problems such as esophagitis, esophageal bleeding, ulcers, Barrett’s esophagus, and increased risk of esophageal cancer.

Symptoms of GERD

  • Heartburn: the burning pain or discomfort in your abdomen and/or chest
  • Nausea
  • Hoarseness or chronic sore throat
  • Sour or bitter taste in mouth
  • Bloating
  • Burping

Treatment Options for GERD

Lifestyle Changes

  • Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day
  • Avoid food at least 2 to 3 hours before bed
  • Avoid tight clothing and belts
  • Quit smoking
  • Lose excess weight


  • OTC acid reducers


  • If symptoms continue to worsen and medication does not resolve discomfort, your doctor may recommend surgery.

Men’s Health Day at Jordan Valley Medical Center

When: Tuesday, June 7 from 3 p.m.–7 p.m.

Where: Jordan Valley Medical Center

Inpatient Entrance

3580 West 9000 South

West Jordan, UT 84088

Free food, sports activities, health education, health screenings, and giveaways.

Health Seminars

  • Reflux Treatment Options by Dr. Jeff Eakin
  • And other men’s health topics