At Your Appointment

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.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • 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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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 20
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  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