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Heartburn? – GERD Symptoms Checker

 

GERD or Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition concerning stomach acid juice. This disease could cause several symptoms besides heartburn and complications, which include pre-cancerous injuries in the body.

The esophagus is a tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. Its lining is not prepared for withstanding the acidity from stomach juice. Despite that, usually, some juice passes through reaching the esophagus. Therefore, only when this starts to happen much more than it normally should; then, it becomes GERD or a disease.

In a normal situation, when food digestion starts in the stomach. The latter produces acid to disintegrate the food into smaller pieces. Then, the food and the acid will move through the small bowel for further processing and absorbance.

The stomach has a sort of valves up and down that regulate and forbidden the food and the acid to escape from it. However, in some normal situations and despite all these mechanisms, this could fail, and the food plus the acid reaches the esophagus. So, when the acid from the stomach reaches upstream from where food just came, it is what doctors call a “reflux.” And when this happens a lot, and repetitively, it becomes GERD.

Several symptoms because of GERD exist. Some of them are very characteristic, like heartburn, and others, not so obvious, such as a cough that does not go away. Also, many risk factors for developing GERD (like obesity) are wide known by the medical community.

It is important to diagnose GERD because it is not exempt from complications. For example, this disease could lead to swelling or narrowing (strictures) of the esophagus, which would mean further problems. Besides, if the disease continues without treatment, there could even be a Barret esophagus. This is a pre-cancerous state from the esophagus; people with this complication are nearly forty times more likely to develop esophagus cancer.

Luckily, all these complications are preventable with effective treatment; it comprises drugs and surgery in severe cases.

This tool is a GERD Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this disease.

GERD affects at least once a month and daily, to thirty and ten percent of the United States population, respectively. Accordingly, this disease is widespread and requires attention.

Sadly, for diagnosing this disease, several studies are necessary for both confirming the disease and discarding other diseases that could present with similar symptoms, such as a peptic ulcer or achalasia. The three main resources doctors have are upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, esophageal manometry, and ambulatory 24 hour pH monitoring.

Keep in mind that this tool does not replace an assessment from a doctor. Also, it cannot differentiate between similar diseases that only a gastroenterologist through several exams can know.

Despite all this, GERD is a disease with important symptoms and risk factors. Therefore, the GERD symptoms checker aims to tell anyone who uses it the likelihood of their symptoms because of this disease.

The tool has questions that identify the most common symptoms and the strongest risk factors for this disease. Using it is free and would only take a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Do you have forty or more years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are a male?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with asthma, or do you have frequent episodes of shortness of breath?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have obesity? (please search in google the “BMI formula,” and with your weight and height it will calculate you that diagnosis)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you smoke cigarettes every day, and you have been doing it for at least ten years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a burning or discomfort sensation in the middle of your chest underneath the breastbone or sternum after eating?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this bothering sensation get worse when you bend over or lying flat?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this pain or chest discomfort last more than 2 hours?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does large meals or any of the following foods tend to trigger this burning or uncomfortable sensation? (Alcohol, coffee, citrus juice, peppermint, chocolate, tomato products, or chili peppers)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have this burning or uncomfortable sensation in the chest after eating at least once a week every week?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have this burning or uncomfortable sensation in the chest after eating two or more times per week?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this chest pain starts or gets worse with physical activity?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you tend to feel nausea, or have you vomited after eating?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel after eating a regurgitation of bitter acid into the throat?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have after eating a bitter taste in your mouth? (Especially right before sleeping or while bending over)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have hoarseness or abnormal changes in your voice? (it would happen mostly in the morning)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have trouble swallowing solid food?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a sore throat?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a dry cough?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this cough have more than four weeks?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this cough has any yellowish or greenish mucus?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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