Heartburn - what to ask your doctor
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 esophageal reflux. It can cause heartburn, chest pain, cough, or hoarseness.
Below are questions you may want to ask your health care provider 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?
If I have heartburn at night, what changes should I make to my bed?
What medicines will help my heartburn?
How do I know if I have a more serious problem?
Are there surgeries that help with heartburn and esophageal reflux?
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Review Date: 2/6/2019
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