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Which Specialist To See For Suspected Gerd?

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I suspect that I may have GERD or LPR, but am unsure as to whether to see my GI doc or the ENT doc for treatment and diagnosis. Anyone have exeperience with this?

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See your regular doctor first then if needed he will refer you to a GI. GERD can be a symptom of celiac or other intolerances. Are you gluten free? If so you may have gluten sneaking in somewhere or may have another intolerance. You also could have an issue with dairy or soy, you may want to eliminate those one at a time and see if symptoms resolve. For relief you may find Pepto Bismal liquid may help.

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Absolutely start with your family doc first. He/she should be able to work up your issues and start you on conservative treatment. If things don't improve he/she can send you to a GI doc for further workup/scoping.

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I suspect that I may have GERD or LPR, but am unsure as to whether to see my GI doc or the ENT doc for treatment and diagnosis. Anyone have exeperience with this?

Thanks!

I didn't see a location, but if you live in the los angelas are I would recommend speaking to my pediatric GI doctor, Dr. See in West Hills. She works with a lot of different people and has referred me to other doctors including my surgeon that did a laparoscopic nissen fundoplication on Sep. 11 of this year.

If not, I'd suggest having your regular doctor refer you to a GI doctor. They have a lot more insight into the digestive track and can easily diagnose things that your regular doctor may not. (My regular doctor didn't diagnose me with celiacs or acid reflux, even though I exhibited all of the symptoms of both. It was Dr. See whom she referred me to who could tell, off the bat may I add, both of my complications when I told her my symptoms.) I haven't been to an ENT except for when I've had infections in that area so I can't really compare however I would definitely suggest that you go to your GI just because they will be more familiar with your stomach and the origins of acid reflux.

I hope this helps!!

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