Most people want to claim to have a condition or disease because it seems comforting to know what we are afflicted with, but is that worth not taking the tests and missing the opportunity to treat your condition right? The simple fact that you may have a condition that is recognizable by rather easy tests and that the condition is treatable is a blessing in and of itself. Do not be the one that is taking for granted the chance to get rid of an uncomfortable leach in the physical world.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is generally diagnosed by doctors by simply listening to the patient’s symptoms and understanding the implications. Most doctors will start by prescribing an easily obtained and easily maintained medication that is well known for curing acid reflux. If this pill does the trick on a regular basis after a few days then the diagnoses is understood to be correct and the process is over. If the pill does not do the trick then doctors do have a few more tricks up their sleeve to resolve the situation.
One problem with such a simple diagnostic approach is that there are other types of conditions that can practically copy GERD. If the doctor prescribes a medication that works, as medications usually do with the identical symptom conditions, then he or she might miss a more serious and potentially debilitating disease. A doctor may overlook an ulcer and lose the opportunity to catch the problem before it progresses to a point that doesn’t allow assistance.
Some doctors may rely on endoscopy or biopsies of the esophagus to see if the true culprit is acid reflux while others may attempt to use X-rays to get to the bottom of it. A thorough examination of the throat and larynx or esophageal acid testing may get the job done, but some doctors will still prescribe to different theories. The best way to go about it is to find what type of procedure would be the most comfortable for you and then find a doctor in your area who performs it. Find out what your problem is and then find a way to get over it!