Decoding My Problem

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For those sufferers who have had previous treatment for GERD, better awareness and new technology have made it easier to make the diagnosis of GERD and LPRD The newer medicines and combinations of


medicines have led to an improvement in overall medical management. Also good dietary direction can now be provided, offering new hope for sufferers. New surgical options are also available when other avenues have been tried, and failed.

Review the results from the GERD/LPRD portion of the CAID Quiz (p. 73). Locate your score so that you can define your next course of action, and follow these guidelines:

■ If your score is 0-10, you can treat yourself with over-the - counter (OTC) medicines.

■ If your score is 11 - 25, you need to see your primary-care physician and follow the protocol provided later in this category.

■ If your score is 26-45, you need to see a gastroenterologist.

■ If your score is 46 or more, you need to see an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor who specializes in treating CAID or at least has an understanding of the relationship between sinus disease and GERD/LPRD

Sinus Tips:
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PPIs are the newest and most effective medications used to treat GERD/LPRD. This class of medicines works by completely blocking the production of stomach acid. They do this by shu
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Antacids are medications that work by neutralizing acid that is already in the stomach. Antacids usually contain calcium, aluminum, or magnesium. Antacids containing magnesium tend
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After your ENT doctor takes a detailed medical history, he or she will perform a head and neck examination with a focus on the nose and the throat. If your doctor thinks that you m
This initial hit of inflammation would probably lead you to believe that you had come down with a simple cold.