Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I'm worried I may have GERD.
  • I have GERD, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.
  • I have GERD, and I'm sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I'm worried I may have GERD.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on October 15, 2019

  1. Are my symptoms heartburn?
  2. What's the difference between heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease?
  3. Is there a test for GERD?
  4. Should I be careful about what I eat?
  5. Are there other changes I can make--or things I do differently?
  6. Will over-the-counter antacids or other medications work for me?
  7. How is my recommended medication best taken, and for how long?

I have GERD, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on October 15, 2019

  1. Can gastroesophogeal reflux cause permanent damage?
  2. Should I take a prescription drug for GERD?
  3. Are there side effects to GERD medications?
  4. Once my symptoms go away, can I stop taking medicine?
  5. Will weight loss or lifestyle changes help ease my symptoms?

I have GERD, and I'm sick or having problems.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on October 15, 2019

  1. Could my recurring symptoms be a sign of something other than GERD?
  2. Should I have tests to look for complications of GERD?
  3. Should I try a different medicine?
  4. Would it help to lose weight if I'm overweight?
  5. If my symptoms don't go away, would surgery help?