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The Ultimate GERD Treatment Quiz
by Staff
Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) can involve severe and ongoing symptoms. However, treatment options, including medication, lifestyle changes, and even surgery, can greatly help alleviate GERD symptoms. Take this quiz and learn all about GERD treatment options.

What can you do to help with the constipation side effects of GERD medication?

  • Exercise.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • both of the above

What foods should you eat to help with the diarrhea side effects of GERD medication?:

  • bananas, rice and pears
  • yoghourt, oranges and lettuce
  • both of the above

How quickly will you get relief from GERD symptoms after starting a medication regimen?

  • one week
  • eight to 12 weeks
  • several months

What are the benefits of medication treatment for people with GERD?

  • It prevents further esophageal damage.
  • It can heal prior esophageal damage.
  • both of the above

Typical recommended treatment for mild GERD is:

  • over-the-counter medication
  • lifestyle changes
  • prescription medication

GERD is considered to be a:

  • curable condition
  • chronic condition
  • deteriorating condition

What percentage of people who suffer from GERD will be symptom free with medication and lifestyle changes?

  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent

When is surgery an option for someone who suffers from severe GERD?

  • if there is extreme damage to the esophagus
  • if there is internal bleeding due to esophagitis
  • both of the above

What is the goal of surgery for GERD?

  • to improve the functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter
  • to decrease stomach pressure
  • both of the above

What is laproscopic fundoplication?

  • surgery that repairs the lower esophageal sphincter
  • surgery that replaces the lower esophageal sphincter
  • surgery that decreases stomach acidity levels

What percentage of people who have GERD are asymptomatic following fundoplication?

  • 60 percent
  • 80 percent
  • 90 percent

What part of the body is used to create a new lower esophageal valve in fundoplication?

  • the stomach
  • the leg muscle
  • the intestine

What is the first thing you should do to help prevent GERD symptoms?

  • Keep a GERD diary.
  • Start exercising.
  • Take over-the-counter medication.

Why is it important to keep your upper body elevated to prevent GERD symptoms?

  • It prevents stomach acid from reaching the esophagus.
  • It helps release pressure on your stomach.
  • both of the above

All forms of alcohol can contribute to GERD. Which alcoholic beverage, however, appears to be the biggest culprit?

  • beer
  • red wine
  • scotch

If you suffer from GERD, try eating:

  • until you feel full
  • in smaller amounts
  • more fatty foods

What should you avoid doing after eating if you have GERD?

  • bending over
  • walking
  • standing upright

What food should you avoid if you have GERD?

  • high-fat foods
  • peppermint
  • both of the above

When should you eat dinner if you have GERD?

  • after 7:00 pm
  • one hour before bed
  • several hours before bed

What can you do to make sure you follow your GERD treatment plan?

  • Tell your friends and family.
  • Keep a medication calendar.
  • both of the above