The Ultimate Talking to Your Doctor About GERD Quiz

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The Ultimate Talking to Your Doctor About GERD Quiz
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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
You should contact your doctor if GERD symptoms persist, get worse or change. You should also contact your doctor if you experience more concerning symptoms like chest pain, difficulty swallowing, pain when swallowing, black or bloody stools or weight loss.

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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
Your doctor requires a whole picture of your health to properly diagnosis GERD. Provide your doctor with an honest and detailed medical history, including any past or present allergies, and any past or present illnesses.

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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
You should always tell your doctor about anything that you ingest, especially when a gastrointestinal diagnosis needs to be made. Be frank and thorough and tell your doctor about any recreational drug use, alcohol use, over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, supplement use including vitamins and herbal remedy use.

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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.
There are several options your doctor may choose if you experience side effects related to GERD medication. Your doctor may suggest a different GERD medication altogether or a different medication schedule.

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Which type of physician is considered a GERD specialist?
general practitioner
gastroenterologist
Typically, you will see your primary doctor or general practitioner before you see a specialist. After a thorough assessment, your primary doctor may suggest that you see a GERD specialists, also known as a gastroenterologist.
nephrologist

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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.
It is essential that you keep track of your medication use. Try purchasing all of your medication from one pharmacy that offers special services for medication tracking.
both of the above

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What should I track in a GERD diary?
lifestyle changes
In a GERD diary you want to track a lot of information essential for your gastrointestinal intervention, including any lifestyle changes you make, GERD medication, side effects, potential GERD triggers, GERD symptoms and food ingested.
feelings related to GERD symptoms
stressful situations

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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
You can greatly benefit from seeing patterns between your GERD symptoms and eating habits or poor lifestyle choices. Seeing these patterns may be an eye-opener for you and motivate you to change. A GERD diary is also very helpful for your doctor in terms of appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

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Only _________ of people who experience GERD symptoms tell their doctor.
10 percent
25 percent
Only one out of four people talk to their doctor about their GERD symptoms. This suggests that most people go about their daily lives with undiagnosed GERD.
40 percent

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What will happen if you let your GERD symptoms go untreated?
most likely nothing
damage to the esophageal lining
Untreated GERD symptoms typically progress and get worse, eventually leading to permanent damage of the esophageal lining and other related problems, such as difficulty breathing.
infection and sepsis

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