Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
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?
- Are the symptoms related to physical exertion?
- Are the symptoms worse when you are lying down or sitting up?
- Do you have black stools? Are you vomiting blood?
- Do you have a persistent cough?
- Do you have asthma or diabetes?
- Do you have a history of ulcer disease?
- Are you taking any medications that can cause bleeding (e.g., aspirin, other NSAIDs, corticosteroids)?
- Do you drink alcohol or smoke?
- Do you drink caffeine-containing beverages?
- Do you eat a lot of dietary fat?
- 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 and rectal exam (if there is a history of bloody stools)
Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:
- Upper GI or barium swallow
- 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 (if there is a history of blood loss in the stool or vomit)