10 Questions to Ask Doctor About GERD

Medically Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on October 16, 2020

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?

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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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