Heartburn may seem like just another unpleasant thing to endure, much like taxes, rush hour traffic and the contents of a baby's diaper. But when should you bite the bullet and make a doctor's appointment?
WHAT'S INSIDE: DIGESTIVE HEALTH
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If you are over 50 years of age, have had GERD symptoms for five years or longer, have uncommon or concerning GERD symptoms, or your GERD symptoms do not dissipate with medication, your doctor may order further diagnostic tests. Learn about esophageal acid testing, barium swallow, Bernstein test and upper GI endoscopy, by taking this quiz.
Most Americans don't talk to their doctor about their heartburn and acid reflux. Yet, left untreated, these symptoms can progress and become worse, leading to irreversible damage. For this reason, it is essential that you communicate openly with your primary doctor about your gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms.