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Questions to ask about indigestion and reflux

These questions may help you discuss your condition or the treatments you have been offered with your healthcare team.

About your condition

  • Can you tell me more about indigestion, heartburn and reflux?

  • What will happen to my symptoms as time goes on?

  • What can I do to help myself?

  • What tests might I need?

  • What do the different tests involve?

  • Where will these be carried out? Will I need to have them in hospital?

  • How long will I have to wait until I have these tests?

  • How long will it take to get the results of these tests?

  • Will I need an operation?

  • There's a history of oesophageal or stomach cancer in my family. Should I be worried?

  • Can you tell me more about Barrett's oesophagus and its risks?


  • Can you tell me why you have decided to offer me this treatment?

  • What are the pros and cons of this treatment?

  • How will it help me? What effect will it have on my symptoms and everyday life? What sort of improvements might I expect?

  • When do I need to take the treatment?

  • How long will it take to have an effect?

  • What if the treatment doesn't help?

  • Are there any risks associated with this treatment?

  • How long will I need to have this treatment for?

  • What other treatment options are there?

  • Should I be concerned that I'm taking antacids regularly?

  • Is there some other information (like a leaflet, DVD or a website I can go to) about the treatment that I can have?

Side effects

  • What should I do if I get any side effects?

  • Are there any long-term effects of taking this treatment?

Following up on your treatment

  • When should I start to feel better and what should I do if I don't start to feel better by then?

  • How often will my follow-up appointments be?

  • Are there different treatments that I could try?

  • Does the length or dose of my current treatment need to be changed?

  • How often should my treatment be reviewed?

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