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The Family Health Guide
When You Visit Your Doctor - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:
- Do you get a burning sensation in your chest or throat after eating?
- Do you ever have a bitter or sour taste in your mouth?
- Do you ever have bloating or nausea after you eat?
- How often do you get these symptoms?
- What do you do to relieve the symptoms?
- Are the symptoms related to physical exertion?
- Are the symptoms worse when you are lying down or sitting up?
- Have you noticed any black stools?
- Do you have a persistent cough?
- Do you have a history of ulcer disease?
- Are you taking any medications, especially ones that can irritate the esophagus or stomach, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or tetracycline?
- Do you drink alcohol or smoke?
- How soon after you eat at night do you go to bed?
- Have you tried any over-the-counter medications? If so, do they help?
Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:
- Chest and lung exam
- Abdominal exam
Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:
- Upper endoscopy (internal examination of the esophagus and stomach)
- pH probe (to assess the acid level in the esophagus and stomach)
- Manometry (to measure the pressure of the sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach)
- Stool testing for blood
- Complete blood cell count