November 24, 2015

Do You Have Heartburn or GERD?

By Editor

GERD Awareness Week is November 22 – 28, 2015 and takes place each year during the week of Thanksgiving. GERD is a common disorder that occurs when the contents of the stomach repeatedly flow back into the esophagus, causing symptoms. These typically include chronic or persistent heartburn or regurgitation. Difficulty swallowing, a sore throat, or hoarseness in the morning are just a few other signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  Individuals should not ignore these symptoms and they should visit their doctor.

According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD): If you suspect that you have GERD, schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional. GERD can usually be identified based on the symptoms. Tests may sometimes be done to confirm a diagnosis. Providing a doctor with details about your symptoms can help him or her reach an accurate diagnosis.

Before your appointment, be prepared to share these things with your doctor:

  • A list of when your heartburn occurs (time of day, after meals, etc.) and how often
  • The severity of your heartburn
  • Other symptoms you are experiencing
  • How your symptoms affect your daily activities
  • How your symptoms affect your sleep
  • What changes in diet and lifestyle choices you have made to relieve your symptoms and how effective this has been in providing relief
  • What antacids and other over-the-counter medications you have used and what relief, if any, they have provided

GERD Awareness Week is November 22 – 28, 2015 and takes place each year during the week of Thanksgiving. Learn more about GERD on theGIConnection.

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