Your doctor may be able to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, from your description of symptoms. The doctor may also suggest tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms, to monitor the degree of damage, or to determine the best treatment for you.
The three main tests used when GERD is suspected or known are esophageal pH monitoring, endoscopy, and manometry. With pH monitoring, the doctor measures the amount of acid in the esophagus over a 24-48 hour period. This test...
If you think that your heartburn may be caused by a
Call the doctor who prescribed the medicine
before you take the next dose to find out if you should stop taking the
medicine or take a different one. There also may be certain ways or times of
the day to take your other medicines that will decrease the chance of getting
heartburn. An appointment may not be needed.
If you are taking a
medicine that was not prescribed by a doctor, stop taking it. Call your doctor
if you feel that you need to continue taking the medicine or need help
controlling your symptoms.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
July 11, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 11, 2011
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