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GERD Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you keeping a GERD diary and can we review it?
  • How often have you experienced GERD symptoms in the last week?
  • Have your symptoms changed in nature or severity?
  • What changes have you made to your diet and eating habits?
  • Do you have asthma? Do you need help losing weight or stopping smoking?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having heartburn, nausea, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, or regurgitating food or sour liquid? Are you sleeping well?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • Do you have these symptoms every day or do they come and go?
  • Do your symptoms ever wake you at night or get worse when you lie down?
  • What seems to make your symptoms better or worse?
  • What treatments have you tried so far?
  • What side effects are you having with your GERD medicine?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • When was your last endoscopy?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have GERD?
  • How do you diagnose GERD?
  • What treatments are available for GERD?
  • How do diet and other lifestyle factors affect GERD?
  • What treatment do you recommend for my GERD? What are the side effects?
  • What changes do I need to make to my diet and eating habits?
  • What other lifestyle changes can I make to help improve my GERD?
  • What are my options if this treatment does not work or only partially works?
  • Are GERD medicines safe to use long term?
  • What are the long-term health risks associated with GERD?
  • Are there other GERD medicines that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to GERD?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my specific case of GERD?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 20
  1. Acid Reflux (GER and GERD) in Adults. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/acid-reflux-ger-gerd-adults 
  2. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gerd/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20361959

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