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