Questions to Ask Your Doctor About GERD (Acid Reflux, Heartburn)

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Medical Reviewing Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
  1. Why do you think GERD (acid reflux) is the cause of my problem? What conditions other than GERD could be causing my problem?


  2. What tests are used to diagnose GERD and exclude other conditions? Which of these tests are you recommending?


  3. Why do you want to do these particular tests, and what are the tests' side effects?


  4. What treatments are available for GERD? Which treatment are you recommending and why are you recommending it over other treatments?


  5. What side effects of treatment should I look out for? Is it necessary to do testing to monitor for side effects?


  6. Are there any medications that I am already taking or am likely to take that can interact with the medications you are prescribing?


  7. Do I have any medical conditions that may complicate diagnosis or treatment?


  8. What changes in my life-style, for example, dietary habits, may be beneficial in addition to the treatment you are recommending?


  9. What can I expect the course of my GERD to be over time? What are the complications of GERD that may develop?


  10. What important symptoms or signs should I look out for and report to the doctor?
MedicineNet Reminder: Establishing an accurate diagnosis is key to proper treatments. You are the most important person in this process by accurately describing to your doctor the character, location, duration, and time of onset of your symptoms. You should also inform your doctor about vitamins, herbs, and medications you are taking. For example, long-term use of certain vitamins and non-prescription medications may be the cause of your abnormal liver tests; magnesium-containing antacids and supplements may be causing your diarrhea; certain blood pressure pills can be the reason for constipation.
Last Editorial Review: 4/18/2012




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