10 questions to ask your doctor about heartburn
If lifestyle changes, such as losing weight if overweight, not eating too close to bedtime, and avoiding trigger foods have not helped reduce heartburn symptoms, it may be time to seek medical advice.
The doctor will ask about symptoms and may carry out a physical examination.
Depending on the outcome of this and other tests that may be arranged, a referral to a gastroenterologist or other specialist may be required.
10 important questions to ask your doctor about heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
Occasional heartburn is common, but heartburn symptoms that are more frequent could mean something more serious such as GORD - gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
- Is my case relatively mild or is it severe?
- What lifestyle changes do you recommend for me?
- Should I be taking over-the-counter medicines? If so, which ones?
- Do I need prescription medicine?
- If so, what side effects might I expect?
- What should I do if the medicines do not seem to help?
- Do I show any signs of oesophagitis or Barrett's oesophagus?
- Should I be examined for oesophageal cancer?
- Will I need further examinations in the future?
- Would surgery be appropriate to treat my GORD?