Gerd, University Of Washington, Everett Clinic discussed on IRG Health Talk


Lifestyle weekend on KOMO news. This is geez. Health talk to Tom hutler and Cheryl Kelly. All right. We're back to the I guess Dr Heather Austin primary care physician at the ever clinic at smoky point GERD, gird is a form of well, basically, I've had it. It's kind of a heartburn issue or esophageal issue, isn't it? Boy, that's pretty good, Tom. That's exactly what it is Curtis gastro esophageal reflux disorder. It's acid reflux that we're all gonna experience at one time or another. So we're gonna talk about that today. All right, if you're experiencing something like that. Here's what you need to know with Dr Heather, Osman and Shannon. Oh, kelly. Dr Osman, welcome. How are you doing? I'm doing wonderful. It's good to be here today. Well, it's good to have you here today because we're talking about GERD, and before we get into that tell us about your practice your training. Kennedy your interest. I mean the day in the life of Dr Austin? Yeah. Absolutely. So I work with the Everett clinic, I'm located up at their smoky point location, just north of Everett. I've just been there about a year. So I'm one of their fairly new providers. Up there. North end. I love it. So I grew up in the south end. So now I met nor sound person northern now. That's correct. Yeah. Where'd you go to medical school? I went to school at the university of Washington. Okay. All right. That's okay. That's a great program, and you there and then medical school there. So my story is a little bit more twisting than that. So I did three years at central and then got my undergraduate degree from the university of Washington, but didn't do all four years there and medical school at university washing correct for the whole time. And then what about any advanced training in the areas of interest? Absolutely. Well at the university of Washington, I did not do any advanced training. But my residency was in the United States navy, and I served eight years with them just got out last year. And then the Everett clinic is my first job back here in the Pacific northwest. Well, okay. First of all, I mean, welcome back and welcome in the north end. And then lastly, thank you so much for your service. You know, wh what a great sacrifice that you that. You folks. Make mean, a navy doctor. What's that? Like, it's a pretty amazing experience. I had a great time with that job. It was a really good experience. For me. I got great training with the navy and you'll never work with a better group of people. So it was really a privilege. Okay. Let's talk about gird tells what it is so girds stands for gastro esophageal reflux disease, but it's much easier to say gird, obviously, so what's going on there. Basically, it is a more, chronic and complicated reflux. So almost everybody gets an episode heartburn. Most of us are familiar with what that feels like and sometimes can be associated with overindulgence, but gird is a little bit more chronic than that. So we sort of think people that are having symptoms more than a couple times a week that might be a sign of gird. And let's talk anatomically gird. If you're having gird anatomically what's going on. I mean, let's discuss the fact that, you know, your digestive system, particularly stomach is various city, and maybe getting a little bit of that anatomical physiological standpoint of why we have acid reflexes up into our. Throat in a office. So the gastrointestinal system is if you think on it in simplistic terms, kind of a big tube, right and swallow your food and certainly needs to be broken down by the acids in our stomach and GERD really is reflecting when that acidic contact comes back up into the office. And so we don't have a lot of pain receptors in the stomach, but in our Asaf against we certainly do. And so we'll feel that as a lot of pain and pressure in the chest. And sometimes people can actually get some sow excuse me sore throat from that, and you can get a sore throat, and you can get a little bit of hoarseness. Will say in the morning symptoms. A little more pronounced, maybe I would say probably more classically would be in the evening. So you're having later meals, you go to lay flat and some of that content from your stomach is gonna come up into your Asaf against and that tends to be a more common time that we will get it and do most people start seeing this as far as presentation goes. So it can happen to anybody at any time. It probably is more common as we get older. If you have had things like recent weight gain that can sometimes make it worse as well. There's certainly a huge component of diet that plays into that. So there are definitely foods that we know can kind of make reflux symptoms worse. And those are things we're thinking sorta acidic foods, spicy foods really fatty foods for some people caffeine or red wine or even chocolates can make this worse. And normally in a normal situation that acid in the stomach that's digesting that food doesn't reflux back up because you have. A senior there or a restrictor, basically. That's usually when it's functioning it keeps that acid in the stomach, correct. Yeah. And so that's the case for most of us all of us probably have a little bit of reflux. But most of us probably don't feel that other.

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