When you told your family and friends you were diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease
, you may have gotten some unwanted medical advice on how you can best live with your condition. Members of your family and your friends likely have no medical training, but they may feel the need to give you advice nonetheless. How do you handle unwanted medical advice from others? Share Your Advice
Experience is a Good Instructor
- Even though lots of my friends *are* trained medical professionals, I find that the most useful advice given to me is by other sufferers of GERD. I learned about how raw garlic was one of my culprits from a friend, and this was after having gone to my Dr. for advice. In the matter of diet, it is often what the real world presents us which limits our choices, as much as it is our desire for foods, and our ignorance of what spurs the condition on in our local diet. I say experience with esophageal discomfort, whether from reflux or GERD, often teaches us what to avoid. Too many times the Dr. simply gives me a prescription for the latest drug and says nothing about how to leverage my diet, or recommends cutting things out that would be fine in more moderate consumption. If someone offers me advice, I take it... if they have an esophageal condition.
- —Guest Reasonable Man