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Talking to Your Doctor About Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Could my symptoms be caused by GERD?
- What are other potential causes of my symptoms?
- Am I at increased risk for GERD?
- Are there steps I can take to decrease my risk of developing GERD?
Are medications sufficient to control GERD?
- What side effects are associated with these drugs?
- Will they interact with other medications, over the counter products, or dietary and herbal supplements I am taking?
- How long will I have to take medications?
- If symptoms are managed, does this mean GERD is gone?
- At what point should I consider surgery to control GERD?
- Do I have to eat a completely bland diet to control GERD?
- Are there any restrictions on exercise?
- Can you give me some advice for quitting smoking?
- Are there complications that I should be concerned about?
- How do I know if I have developed any of these complications?
- How can I avoid these complications?
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 06/2016
- Update Date: 05/20/2015