GERD

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a common digestive disorder affecting millions worldwide. If left untreated, GERD can lead to uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms and potentially serious complications. At CoreMed Plus, we offer various services to help people manage their GERD symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Our team of healthcare professionals is trained in the latest treatments and techniques for managing GERD, and we work with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs. We understand that GERD can be frustrating and uncomfortable, and we are committed to providing non-judgmental and supportive care to everyone who comes to us for help.

If you are experiencing GERD symptoms, seeking medical attention immediately to begin treatment and manage your symptoms is essential. Our team at CoreMed Plus can provide the support and resources you need to manage GERD and improve your digestive health. 

We offer a range of services, including diagnostic testing to determine the cause and severity of your GERD symptoms, medication management to help relieve your symptoms and prevent complications, nutritional counseling from helping you make lifestyle changes that can improve your digestive health, and referrals to other healthcare providers and specialists as needed, such as gastroenterologists or surgeons.

We prioritize patient confidentiality and privacy, and we work with each individual to develop a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and goals. At CoreMed Plus, we are committed to promoting the health and well-being of everyone in our community, and we are here to help you manage your GERD symptoms and improve your quality of life.

What is Gerd

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a chronic digestive disorder that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, causing irritation and inflammation. GERD affects an estimated 20% of the population in the United States and can cause a range of uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms.

The most common symptoms of GERD include heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest that often occurs after eating or lying down, and regurgitation, which is the sensation of food or liquid coming back into the mouth. 

Other symptoms of GERD can include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness or a sore throat
  • A chronic cough or wheezing
  • A feeling of a lump in the throat
  • Nausea or vomiting

GERD can be caused by several factors, including a weakened lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscular ring that separates the esophagus from the stomach. When the LES is weakened or relaxes inappropriately, stomach acid can flow back into the esophagus, causing irritation and inflammation.

Other factors that can contribute to GERD include:

  • Eating large meals or lying down after eating
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Pregnancy
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen

The diagnosis of GERD is typically based on the symptoms reported by the patient, as well as a physical exam and medical history. In some cases, additional tests may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis or to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.

Treatment for GERD usually involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. 

Lifestyle changes may include:

  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals
  • Avoiding foods that trigger symptoms, such as spicy or fatty foods
  • Elevating the head of the bed to prevent nighttime reflux
  • Losing weight if necessary
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption

Medications for GERD can include:

  • Antacids: These can provide temporary relief by neutralizing stomach acid.
  • H2 Blockers: These reduce the production of stomach acid and can provide longer-lasting relief.
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs): These are the most effective medications for reducing stomach acid production and relieving symptoms of GERD.
  • Prokinetics: These help strengthen the LES and improve food movement through the digestive tract.

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat GERD, particularly if other treatments have been ineffective or if a hiatal hernia is causing the symptoms.

At CoreMed Plus, we understand that GERD can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition to live with, and we offer a range of services to help people manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Our team of healthcare professionals is trained in the latest treatments and techniques for managing GERD, and we work with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs.

If you are experiencing symptoms of GERD, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately to begin treatment and manage your symptoms. Our team is here to provide the support and resources you need to manage GERD and improve your digestive health.

More Symptoms of Gerd

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a chronic digestive disorder that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, causing irritation and inflammation. GERD can cause a range of uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms, including:

  1. Heartburn: This is a burning sensation in the chest that often occurs after eating or lying down. The pain can range from mild to severe and may last several hours.
  2. Regurgitation: This is the sensation of food or liquid returning to the mouth. A bitter or sour taste can accompany it and may cause discomfort or nausea.
  3. Difficulty Swallowing: This is a sensation of food getting stuck in the throat or chest and may be accompanied by pain or discomfort when swallowing.
  4. Chest Pain: This can be a sharp or dull pain in the chest and may be mistaken for a heart attack in some cases.
  5. Hoarseness or a Sore Throat: This can be caused by the irritation and inflammation of the esophagus and may be accompanied by a chronic cough or wheezing.
  6. A Feeling of a Lump in the Throat: This can be caused by the irritation and inflammation of the esophagus and may be accompanied by difficulty swallowing.
  7. Nausea or Vomiting: This can be caused by the irritation and inflammation of the esophagus and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as bloating or abdominal pain.

Certain foods or activities can trigger symptoms of GERD and may be worse at night or when lying down. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms, as untreated GERD can lead to complications such as esophagitis, ulcers, and even esophageal cancer. A healthcare provider can diagnose GERD based on your symptoms, medical history, and physical examination and provide a treatment plan to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Treatment for Gerd

Treatment for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) typically involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. Treatment aims to relieve symptoms, prevent complications, and improve overall quality of life.

Lifestyle changes may include:

  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals
  • Avoiding foods that trigger symptoms, such as spicy or fatty foods
  • Elevating the head of the bed to prevent nighttime reflux
  • Losing weight if necessary
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption

Medications for GERD can include:

  • Antacids: These can provide temporary relief by neutralizing stomach acid.
  • H2 Blockers: These reduce the production of stomach acid and can provide longer-lasting relief.
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs): These are the most effective medications for reducing stomach acid production and relieving symptoms of GERD.
  • Prokinetics: These help strengthen the LES and improve food movement through the digestive tract.

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat GERD, particularly if other treatments have been ineffective or if a hiatal hernia is causing the symptoms.

At CoreMed Plus, we offer various services to help people manage their GERD symptoms and improve their quality of life. Our team of healthcare professionals is trained in the latest treatments and techniques for managing GERD, and we work with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs.

If you are experiencing symptoms of GERD, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately to begin treatment and manage your symptoms. Our team is here to provide the support and resources you need to manage GERD and improve your digestive health. We offer a range of services, including:

  • Diagnostic testing to determine the cause and severity of your GERD symptoms
  • Medication management to help relieve your symptoms and prevent complications
  • Nutritional counseling to help you make lifestyle changes that can improve your digestive health
  • Referrals to other healthcare providers and specialists as needed, such as gastroenterologists or surgeons

We understand that GERD can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition, and we are committed to providing non-judgmental and supportive care to everyone who comes to us for help. Our team prioritizes patient confidentiality and privacy, and we work with each individual to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals.

Meet Dr. Mark Richter

I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.

Start Your Health Journey Today!

At CoreMed Plus, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to our patients with GERD. We understand this condition’s impact on your quality of life, and we are committed to helping you manage your symptoms and achieve optimal digestive health.

Our team of healthcare professionals is highly trained in the latest treatments and techniques for managing GERD, and we work with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs. We offer various services, including diagnostic testing, medication management, nutritional counseling, and referrals to other specialists as needed.

Most importantly, we offer a non-judgmental and supportive environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your symptoms and concerns. We understand that GERD can be a sensitive topic, and we are here to provide the support and guidance you need to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

If you are experiencing symptoms of GERD, don’t wait to seek medical attention. Our team at CoreMed Plus is here to help you take control of your digestive health and live your best life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward better health!

How CoreMed Plus Can Help You

At CoreMed Plus, we offer various services to help people manage their GERD symptoms and improve their quality of life. Our team of healthcare professionals is trained in the latest treatments and techniques for managing GERD, and we work with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs.

Here are some ways that CoreMed Plus can help you with GERD:

  1. Diagnostic Testing: We offer a range of diagnostic tests to determine the cause and severity of your GERD symptoms, including upper endoscopy, esophageal manometry, and pH monitoring.
  2. Medication Management: We can provide medications to help relieve your symptoms and prevent complications, including antacids, H2 blockers, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), and prokinetics.
  3. Nutritional Counseling: Our team can guide dietary changes that can help improve your symptoms, such as avoiding trigger foods and eating smaller, more frequent meals.
  4. Lifestyle Modifications: We can guide lifestyle changes that can improve your digestive health, such as elevating the head of the bed to prevent nighttime reflux, quitting smoking, and limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  5. Referrals to Other Healthcare Providers: We can refer you to other providers and specialists, such as gastroenterologists or surgeons, for further evaluation and treatment.

At CoreMed Plus, we understand that GERD can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition to live with, and we are committed to providing non-judgmental and supportive care to everyone who comes to us for help. Our team prioritizes patient confidentiality and privacy, and we work with each individual to develop a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and goals.

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If you’re ready to take charge of your health and embark on a journey toward a healthier, happier life, we invite you to contact us today. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff is excited to take your call and help you on your health journey. We will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is right for you and provide the support and care you need every step of the way.

Don’t let health concerns hold you back – contact CoreMed Plus today and let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve a healthier, happier life.

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    Dr. Mark Richter Bio

    I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.