10 Questions to Ask Doctor About GERD

Since you’ve recently been diagnosed with GERD, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit:

  1. Is my case mild, moderate, or severe?
  2. Could medications I take be causing my GERD symptoms?
  3. If I have chest pain, how can I tell whether it's GERD or a heart problem?
  4. Are there foods or beverages I should avoid?
  5. Are there other lifestyle changes that might help my symptoms?
  6. Should I take medication? If so, do I need a prescription?
  7. What side effects could the medication cause?
  8. What should I do if the medication doesn't seem to help?
  9. Will I need any tests or examinations?
  10. What complications could occur if my GERD doesn't improve?
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on October 25, 2018

Sources

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)."

American Gastroenterological Association: “Understanding Heartburn and Reflux Disease.”

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