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What should I expect from my first visit to a GI?
arjl814 posted:
I'm going to be seeing a GI for Heartburn issues in a couple of days, and I'm unsure of what to expect.

I've never seen a GI for this problem (or any other problem, for that matter) before, just my primary care physician. My PCP has already had me try taking a variety of medications - prilosec, zantac, basic antacids like tums, nexium, and dexilant - and I've still had breakthrough symptoms. I have not had a scope yet, but I know that may be in my future.

Also, I'm having another issue, but I don't know if it's something GIs deal with? Basically, it's been getting longer and longer between bowel movements - as of today, it's been about 5 - 7 days since my last one. Is this something I can/should bring up to the GI?

Thank you in advance for any insight anyone can give me!
sheba_q responded:
It's a doctor's appointment, so it shouldn't be all that different than your regular doctor appointments. GI's just deal with the digestive tract instead of everything. That means that yes, you should bring up your lack of bowel movements.

Just in case your doctor hasn't forwarded all the info, make a note of all the meds and anything else that your doctor has had you try already. If you've made any diet changes to try to deal with this, mention that too. It's much better to offer too much information than not enough.
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hello and Welcome arjl814,

Glad to hear you are following up with a GI specialist. Hopefully they can get you relief from the heartburn and address your bowel symptoms. A GI would be the right specialist to help you out.

In addition to the information that sheba_q provided, here are a couple of links to prepare you -
Making the Most of Your Appointment
Getting the Most from Your Doctor's Appointment

Also, this may spark additional questions, Digestive Disease and Endoscopy Types .

Hope you find answers soon and please keep us posted,

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