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The Ultimate Talking to Your Doctor About GERD Quiz
by Staff
Most Americans don't talk to their doctor about their heartburn and acid reflux. Yet, left untreated, these symptoms can progress and become worse, leading to irreversible damage. For this reason, it is essential that you communicate openly with your primary doctor about your gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms.

When should you tell your doctor about your GERD symptoms?

  • if chest pain or difficulty swallowing occur
  • if symptoms persist despite medication
  • both of the above

What should you tell your doctor about your medical history if you're experiencing GERD symptoms?

  • Tell your doctor about past or present allergies.
  • Tell your doctor about past or present illnesses.
  • both of the above

Besides a medical history, what else should you tell your doctor if you're experiencing GERD symptoms?

  • recreational drug use
  • supplements and herbal remedy use
  • both of the above

What will your doctor do if you experience side effects related to GERD medication?

  • Your doctor may discontinue all medication and switch to supplements.
  • Your doctor may advise you to continue taking the medication even with side effects.
  • Your doctor may change the medication schedule.

Which type of physician is considered a GERD specialist?

  • general practitioner
  • gastroenterologist
  • nephrologist

Why should you purchase all of your GERD medication from one pharmacy?

  • Different pharmacies may have slightly different medications.
  • The pharmacy can keep track of your medication for you.
  • both of the above

What should I track in a GERD diary?

  • lifestyle changes
  • feelings related to GERD symptoms
  • stressful situations

Who can benefit from a GERD diary?

  • A GERD diary can help you with lifestyle changes.
  • A GERD diary helps your doctor with diagnosis and treatment.
  • both of the above

Only _________ of people who experience GERD symptoms tell their doctor.

  • 10 percent
  • 25 percent
  • 40 percent

What will happen if you let your GERD symptoms go untreated?

  • most likely nothing
  • damage to the esophageal lining
  • infection and sepsis