Recognizing and Managing GERD

How Is GERD Diagnosed?

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

Treatment Options

There are several different treatment options for GERD. 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, and what you have tried in the past.
 
Specific treatments 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 symptoms.
 

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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