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Symptoms for Gastroesophageal Reflux or GERD, commonly known as heartburn, include severe cough, chest pain and a burning sensation just under the breastbone or in the upper abdomen. Other symptoms may include an acid taste in the mouth and regurgitation.
HOW IS GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DIAGNOSED?
GERD is diagnosed in one of the following six ways: 1. A Barium swallow radiography
2. An endoscopy
3. A biopsy
4. An esophageal manometry
5. Esophageal Impedance Monitoring 6. pH Monitoring
HOW IS GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX TREATED?
GERD can be efficiently treated by a gastroenterologist through medications. Certain small measures such as not eating anything 2-3 hours before retiring for the night; eating slowly; not over eating; losing a little weight and avoiding nicotine and alcohol go a long way in controlling GERD can also be helpful.
DID YOU KNOW?
Try giving up on GERD triggers such as caffeine, tomatoes, onion, peppermint, citrus fruits and juices and chocolate and observe your GERD symptoms come under your control.