Sometimes gastroesophageal reflux occurs by itself but it is also common for reflux symptoms to be packaged with other symptoms and conditions. You probably have the typical reflux symptoms such as heartburn, a bad taste in the mouth, the sensation of food coming up your throat and burping. You may have some additional symptoms that are worrisome and interfere with your day to day functioning.
What should you do if you have gastroesophageal reflux and other worrisome symptoms? First, it is important to report these symptoms to the doctor or your medical team. The symptoms may be related to your condition or a side effect of your medical treatment. It is possible to have gastroesophageal reflux and another medical condition. Unfortunately, it may take some additional visits to the doctor and testing to figure out how to manage and treat the symptoms.
For instance, you may have reflux and one or more of these symptoms:
- Lightheaded - Nausea
It is well known that headaches and migraines are associated with an upset stomach, nausea and even vomiting. If you are experiencing this combination of symptoms, check out the HealthCentral MyMigraineConnection site for valuable information.
Dizziness and lightheadedness can be caused by low blood sugar, dehydration, anemia and other causes. If you are experiencing dizziness and lightheadedness, it is time to see the doctor for testing and treatment.
Some medications, including some reflux medications can trigger a headache, nausea and lightheadedness. Your doctor and pharmacist can assist with adjusting your medications and dosages to reduce or eliminate this side effect.
Dizziness, nausea and reflux symptoms may be associated with an autonomic condition such as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS. A cardiologist often diagnoses and treats this condition.
Dizziness and nausea may be caused by an inner ear problem, necessitating a visit to an Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor, also known as an otolaryngologist.
You can assist your doctor with diagnosing your condition by keeping a symptoms diary. For 3-7 days, write down what symptoms you are experiencing and how long the symptoms last. In addition, write down your intake of foods, drinks and medications. Your doctor will use this information, along with a physical exam and testing to figure out the best treatment.