Identifying and Managing GERD

How Is GERD Diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider can often diagnose this condition just by having you describe your symptoms. As part of making a diagnosis, your healthcare provider may also perform a physical exam to look for signs or symptoms.
If your doctor thinks you have GERD, you may be asked to change your diet or some parts of your lifestyle, and/or to take medication for a time to confirm the diagnosis.
In some cases, tests may be needed to diagnose the cause of GERD. These tests may include:
  • Upper GI series
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Esophageal pH test.
(Click GERD Diagnosis for more information.)

Treatment for GERD

Several GERD treatment options are available. The one your healthcare provider recommends will depend on a number of factors, such as:
  • How severe your symptoms are
  • When they occur
  • How much they interfere with your life
  • What you have tried in the past.
Specific treatments options may include:
Most people are able to find some combination of lifestyle changes and medications that they can use for short- and long-term control of their GERD symptoms.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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