Acid Reflux & GORD 2018-02-09T22:39:33+00:00

Acid Reflux / GORD

 

Our Services
About Acid Reflux / GORD
FAQs
Learn more about digestion & bowel health

Our service

Welcome to Qoctor’s online doctor service which can provide assessment, advice and treatment for acid reflux or GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease).

Our online doctor will ask you some questions about your health, and may advise a video consultation.

Once you’ve been assessed, treatment may be recommended- you can then opt to have a paper prescription sent to your home or local pharmacy, or medication delivered to an address of your choice, from one of our partner pharmacies.

proceed to online consultation & treatment

About Acid Reflux & GORD

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (also known as GORD or acid reflux) is a common condition caused by acid rising from the stomach into the oesophagus (food pipe). This can cause symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, bloating, indigestion, belching, a taste of acid in the mouth,  and sometimes a dry cough.
  • It can be triggered by various things, such as acidic or rich foods, large meals, alcohol, being overweight, and smoking.
  • If you’ve had reflux for a few days, a short course of antacid medication may get rid of the symptoms.  If this does not work, it’s essential you see a doctor for a check up, as there can be a more serious underlying condition.
  • Some people suffer from reflux on an ongoing basis and need to take antacids every day. Anyone who needs long term antacids should have a camera test (gastroscopy) to make sure there is nothing more serious going on, and should also have a check up with their doctor every 6 to 12 months.
Acid Reflux or GORD
proceed to online consultation & treatment

Common Questions and Answers

What is Acid Reflux / GORD? 2017-10-19T23:14:51+00:00

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a general term which encompasses acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion and oesophagitis. It may include one or more of these conditions. It is caused by irritation of the stomach or food pipe (oesophagus) by stomach acid.

Why does Acid Reflux / GORD happen? 2017-10-19T23:14:08+00:00

The stomach naturally makes acid as part of the normal digestion process. Usually the sphincter at the bottom of the oesophagus acts as a valve and keeps this acid in the stomach. Acid reflux can happen if this sphincter is weak, if there is too much acid made in the stomach, if the stomach is not emptying properly, or if there is increased pressure in the stomach, forcing acid back up into the oesophagus.

What are the triggers of Acid Reflux / GORD? 2017-10-19T23:15:33+00:00

Many things can trigger Acid Reflux / GORD including:

  • Smoking
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Hiatus Hernia
  • Helicobacter Pylori ( a common infection of the stomach)
  • Acidic or spicy food and drink
  • Large fatty meals
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Medications (including anti-inflammatories, certain blood pressure medications, sleeping tablets and painkillers)
What are the symptoms of GORD? 2017-10-19T23:12:29+00:00

The main symptom of GORD is heartburn. This is a discomfort or burning sensation which rises from the upper tummy or lower chest up towards the neck. Other common symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Belching
  • Indigestion
  • An acid-like taste in the mouth
  • Persistent dry cough
  • A feeling of a lump in the throat
  • A burning pain when you swallow hot drinks

Symptoms tend to be worse after or with meals.

What symptoms may mean something more serious is going on? 2018-02-09T19:54:43+00:00

If you get any of the following symptoms you should seek immediate medical attention. They may indicate a more serious underlying condition:

  • Chest pain or upper tummy pain worse on exertion
  • Difficulty swallowing foods or liquids
  • Persistent pain on swallowing
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Vomiting blood or dark brown vomit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Altered bowel habit (diarrhoea or constipation) for more than 6 weeks
  • Altered stool (dark or black poo)
  • Lump in the abdomen (tummy)
  • Unexplained anaemia
  • Jaundice
  • New GORD symptoms in someone aged 55 years or over
  • GORD symptoms with any of the following:
    • Family history of stomach or oesophageal cancer in more than two first degree relatives
    • Barrett’s oesophagus
    • Pernicious anaemia
    • Previous stomach ulcer surgery
    • Pernicious anaemia
    • A previous diagnosis of the following stomach conditions: dysplasia, atrophic gastritis or intestinal metaplasia
Do I need any tests to confirm the diagnosis? 2017-10-19T23:10:52+00:00

Most people are diagnosed with GORD by their GP on the basis of their typical symptoms and their response to treatment. Further tests may be needed if:

  • Symptoms are severe
  • Do not improve with treatment
  • Are not typical of GORD
  • There are any red flag symptoms

If further investigation is required a gastroscopy is usually the next step. This is where a thin, flexible telescope is passed down the oesophagus into the stomach. A normal test helps to rule out more serious causes of reflux symptoms, particularly stomach cancer.

What is the treatment for acid reflux? 2018-02-09T19:58:50+00:00

Obviously, it makes sense to make some lifestyle changes, and avoid the triggers listed above- for example avoiding smoking, alcohol and weight gain.  There are over the counter medications which help to neutralise acid, as well as other medications which may be prescribed by doctors.

What are the possible complications of Acid Reflux / GORD? 2017-10-19T23:09:48+00:00

Oesophageal stricture– Acid Reflux / GORD can cause scarring and narrowing of the food pipe called an oesophageal stricture if left untreated. This can lead to difficulty swallowing, and problems eating and drinking.

Barrett’s oesophagus – this is a complication of long standing, untreated Acid Reflux / GORD. The excess acid causes a permanent change in the cells that line the oesophagus. It increases the risk of developing cancer of the oesophagus, and thus needs to be managed and monitored.

But most people with Acid Reflux / GORD do not develop any of these complications. If you have any concerns then you should discuss them with your doctor.

Health Library- Digestion & Bowel Health

What are gallstones and why do they happen?

What are gallstones and why do they happen? What are gallstones? Gallstones are hard deposits that form in the gallbladder The gallbladder is a sac-like organ located just under the liver- it produces bile, which is a yellow-green liquid that helps to digest food. When you eat, the gallbladder contracts, and squirts bile into the intestine. Gallstones can consist of different substances- cholesterol, pigments, or a mixture of both. Quite often there are bacteria contained in the centre of the stones. Learn more about online medical certificates How common are gallstones? Around 15% of the population are thought to have gallstones, but most of these people have no symptoms. Why do people get gallstones? It’s not fully understood why gallstones happen. It may be that a person’s bile contains too much cholesterol or bilirubin (a pigment formed during the breakdown of red blood [...]

By | December 29th, 2017|Categories: Digestion & bowel health|

Low Vitamin B12- what are the symptoms?

Vitamin B12 deficiency- the symptoms & causes What are B vitamins? Vitamins are substances that occur naturally in food, and are needed for many essential body functions. There are 13 vitamins required by our body- and 8 of these are types of Vitamin B. There is a large industry in the sale of vitamins to the public- with promises of numerous health benefits. Some of these claims may be accurate, others may be exaggerated or simply untrue. The B Vitamins do have a wide variety of important roles in the body, particularly in relation to growth, repair and energy production. Whilst most healthy people who eat a broad and balanced diet will get enough B vitamins from their food, occasionally deficiencies can occur. B12 Deficiency may occur due to inadequate amounts in the diet, an inability to absorb the vitamin, or if the body is using it up [...]

By | November 24th, 2017|Categories: Digestion & bowel health, Nutrition & Lifestyle, Blood Disorders|

GORD (acid reflux) – 10 things that can be triggers

GORD (acid reflux)- 10 things that may be causing your symptoms Gastro-oesophageal Reflux, often referred to as GORD or simply “acid reflux”, is caused when acid passes from the stomach back up into your gullet (oesophagus). The stomach naturally makes acid as part of the normal digestion process. Usually the sphincter at the bottom of the oesophagus acts as a valve and keeps this acid in the stomach. Acid reflux can happen if this sphincter is weak, if there is too much acid made in the stomach, if the stomach is not emptying properly, or if there is increased pressure in the stomach, forcing acid back up into the oesophagus. Here are 10 common triggers for GORD: Smoking Nicotine seems to weaken the sphincter in the lower oesophagus, allowing acid reflux to occur. Smoking can also reduce the amount of saliva (spit) you make, which may have an effect. [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|Categories: Digestion & bowel health|

5 bowel symptoms that worry doctors

5 bowel symptoms that doctors worry about A big night out, a dodgy takeaway or viral gastro- these things can affect normal bowel function for a few days- but things usually settle down quickly and everything returns to normal. However, there are certain bowel symptoms that make doctors more concerned, and can mean something more serious is going, such as colitis or bowel cancer. It’s worth being aware of these warning signs: A persistent change in bowel habit If you’ve always had a certain pattern when it comes to your bowels, but then develop a new pattern for no obvious reason, it can be a sign of a problem such as inflammation or blockage in the bowel. So, if diarrhoea, constipation or other changes happen ( for example, more frequent bowel motions, or if the motions have a long thin shape), and this issue continues for more than 1-2 [...]

By | September 27th, 2017|Categories: Digestion & bowel health|

How can you tell if you’re celiac?

How do you know if you’re celiac? In celiac (or coeliac) disease, a person’s immune system reacts abnormally to gluten- a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. This leads to inflammation of the gut and difficulty absorbing food. It can also cause symptoms elsewhere in the body. Celiac disease is common- around 1 in 70 Australians have it, though up to 80% are undiagnosed. This can be a problem, as undiagnosed celiac disease can lead to other serious health issues. So, how do you know if you have it?   Click here to learn more about our online doctor services Gut related symptoms If a person with celiac disease eats gluten, they may experience abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and diarrhoea. Less commonly, constipation may occur. Some people may develop recurring mouth ulcers. Bowel motions may also be pale in colour, and particularly foul-smelling. [...]

By | August 24th, 2017|Categories: Digestion & bowel health|

What causes mouth ulcers and can they be serious?

What causes mouth ulcers? Mouth ulcers can be annoying and painful, particularly if they keep coming back. But what causes them and are they anything to worry about? By far the most common type of mouth ulcers are “aphthous ulcers”. These are the typical painful ones many of us have had at one time or another, when the lining of the mouth breaks down in a small round or oval area, often with a grey-yellow tinge. Spicy or acidic food can make this pain even more intense. While it's often just a single lesion, it’s possible to get several ulcers at a time, and they may come back a few times per year.   How can an online doctor save you time?   How do they happen? It has been shown that some of the body’s “T cells”, which form an important part of the [...]

By | July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Digestion & bowel health|

9.3 out of 10
reviewed by Trustpilot