More than 50 million Americans are affected by silent reflux and only a few know it. Often misdiagnosed, silent reflux is acid reflux that does not produce heartburn or indigestion. Silent reflux can be treated but, if left unchecked, can cause cancer. To find out if you should be concerned about silent reflux, take this simple quiz. A printable version can be found here.
This quiz, known as the Reflux Symptom Index (RSI), can be used as a first test to determine if you should see a specialist. Circle the appropriate number for each symptom and add up the numbers to find your RSI. If your RSI is 15 or more (and you have a zero or a one for heartburn), you should contact a doctor trained in detecting reflux by examining both the throat and esophagus. Read more on how to detect and treat silent reflux.