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Do You Have GERD? 

 Do You Have Acid Reflux?

When the lower esophageal sphincter doesn’t close properly, food and acids from the stomach rise up into the esophagus. This rising up is called acid reflux. You might taste the food or fluid in the back of your mouth when acid reflux occurs. If this happens frequently enough, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. If not controlled, GERD can lead to more serious problems such as Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.

Not sure if you have GERD? Ask yourself the questions below to see if it might be time to visit a gastroenterologist on the Baylor Plano medical staff.

  1. Do you frequently experience an uncomfortable feeling behind the breastbone that seems to be moving upward from the stomach?
  2. Do you frequently experience a burning sensation in the back of your throat?
  3. Do you frequently experience a bitter, acid taste in your mouth?
  4. Do you often experience the above problems after your meals?
  5. Do you experience heartburn or acid indigestion two or more times per week?
  6. Do you find that antacids only provide temporary relief from your symptoms?
  7. Are you taking prescription medication to treat heartburn but still experiencing symptoms?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may have GERD. To know for sure, see your doctor. If you need a doctor, search online for a gastroenterologist on the Baylor Plano medical staff.

This test is not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis and treatment management. If you have any concerns regarding your health, seek professional medical advice.

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