Heartburn - what to ask your doctor
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You have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This condition causes food or stomach acid to come back into your esophagus from your stomach. This process is called reflux. It can cause heartburn, chest pain, cough, or hoarseness.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of your heartburn and reflux.
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If I have heartburn, can I treat myself or do I need to see the doctor?
What foods will make my heartburn worse?
How can I change the way I eat to help my heartburn?
Will losing weight help my symptoms?
Do cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeine make my heartburn worse?
What changes should I make in my bed, if I have heartburn at night?
What medicines will help my heartburn?
Will antacids help my heartburn?
Will other medicines help my symptoms?
Do I need a prescription to buy heartburn medicines?
Do these drugs have side effects?
How do I know if I have a more serious problem?
When should I call the doctor?
What other tests or procedures do I need if my heartburn does not go away?
Can heartburn be a sign of cancer
Are there surgeries that help with heartburn and reflux?
- Last Reviewed on 02/10/2013
- David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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This page was last updated: September 18, 2013