1 in 4 Americans suffer from an esophageal disorder that can easily be misdiagnosed.
Are you at risk? Take this quiz to find out:
- Do you have a hard, burning sensation in the upper abdomen that can radiate into your chest and throat?
- Are you taking an antacid pill but still feeling “heartburn” or do you have to add TUMS or Rolaids to your antacid pill for relief?
- When you bend over to tie your shoes or pick something up do you feel liquid coming up into your throat?
- Do you have trouble swallowing thick foods (red meat, breads etc) where you feel they get stuck in your chest?
- Have you been told that fluid from your stomach is sneaking into your lungs and causing recurrent pneumonia or bronchitis?
- Have you been told by your doctor that you have a hiatal hernia (part of your stomach has moved up into your chest)?
- Do you avoid eating certain foods or avoid eating late because you will have terrible heartburn?
- Do you sleep on more than 2 pillows or prop up the head of your bed on blocks to keep fluid from coming up into your throat?
- Have you ever been told that you have Barrett's esophagus?
If you answered yes to either of the first two questions and ANY other question… you may have a severe disease and could be at high risk for complications of GERD (ie esophagitis, ulcers, strictures, Barrett's esophagus).