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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD); Questions to Ask.

Review the following 'Questions to Ask' about your symptoms so you're prepared to discuss this condition with your health care provider.

* Are there any medications I am taking that might make my symptoms worse?

* Do I need any diagnostic tests, such as an upper G.I. barium swallow, endoscopy or esophageal motility testing?

* Do you specialize in treating conditions of the gastrointestinal tract?

* Could my symptoms possible be warning signs of a heart attack or angina?

* How do I tell the difference?

* Could my symptoms be related to another condition?

* Are there any foods should I avoid?

* Are there any activities I should avoid?

* What are signs that might indicate that I should be reevaluated?

* How can you tell if I have signs of something more serious, such as Barrett's esophagus or cancer of the esophagus?

If the decision is to put you on medication:

* Which is the best medication from my symptoms?

* When do I take the medication?

* What are the side effects of this medication?

* If I'm pregnant, what medications are safe to take for my symptoms?

* How long will I have to be on medication?

* Many of the medications for GERD are newer and can be costly. If cost is a factor, discuss this with your health care provider for alternatives or possible discounts available from pharmacies and drug companies.

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