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How do I know if I have GERD?

Determining if you have GERD involves recognizing persistent symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, or difficulty swallowing. Frequent occurrences of these symptoms, especially after meals or during the night, may indicate GERD. If you experience symptoms more than twice a week, seeking medical advice is crucial.

Diagnostic methods include upper endoscopy, which allows a visual examination of the esophagus, and pH monitoring to assess acid levels. Additionally, imaging tests and esophageal manometry may be employed. It's essential to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific symptoms and medical history.


1. Kahrilas, P. J., Shaheen, N. J., & Vaezi, M. F. (2008). American Gastroenterological Association Institute technical review on the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Gastroenterology, 135(4), 1392–1413. [](

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