Heartburn - Preparing For Your Appointment To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
What are your main symptoms? Report any symptoms,
such as abdominal pain, a change in bowel habits, or vomiting. How
long have you had heartburn? Have you had this problem before? If
so, do you know what caused the problem at that time? How was it treated? How
did you respond to that treatment? Have you had any signs of
bleeding from your digestive system? Have you had any difficulty
swallowing when you eat or drink? How much tobacco do you use? How
much alcohol do you drink? How much caffeine do you drink? Has your
weight increased or decreased more than
5 lb (2 kg) recently?
Have there been any
changes in your diet? Are you eating certain foods more often? Have
there been changes in your daily schedule, such as when you eat and when you go
to bed? Are you taking any nonprescription or prescription
medicines? Bring a list of all the medicines you are taking to your
appointment. What home treatment measures have you tried? Did they
help? Be sure to include lifestyle changes you have made. What
nonprescription medicines have you taken or used to treat your heartburn? Did
they help? Do you have any
It will be easier to make lifestyle changes if your family
understands the reasons for the changes. Take a friend or family member to the
appointment with you, and discuss diet and sleeping habits with your
Remember to take your
heartburn symptom record to your doctor visit. Be sure to note any lifestyle changes
you have made or nonprescription medicines you use. (What is a PDF document?)
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 11, 2011
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