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GERD – Initial Examination Questions

November 30, 2020
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Now, let's assume that you've had reflux symptoms, which had been fairly bothersome. They've been occurring the majority times during a week. Let's say more than three to four times a week. They're altering your daily activities. Hence, they become somewhat problematic. And this has been going on at least for two weeks. Well, as an adult, this may mean that you're having some issues with gastroesophageal reflux disease, and so it would then probably appropriate to make an appointment with your primary care physician to find out exactly what's going on. So now you're in the doctor's office. You relay your heartburn symptoms, you tell them how long this has been going on. What makes it better? What makes it worse? What have you tried to do to alleviate the symptoms? The physician may ask, well, have you taken certain types of antacid medications? Have you had any relief from that? When you would recline in bed, were your symptoms worse? if you bent over to tie your shoes, was this problematic?

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