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Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) (cont.)

Acid Reflux (GERD) Symptoms

Persistent heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD.

  • Heartburn is a burning pain in the center of the chest, behind the breastbone. It often starts in the upper abdomen and spreads up into the neck or throat.
  • The pain can last as long as 2 hours.
  • Heartburn is usually worse after eating.
  • Lying down or bending over can bring on heartburn or make it worse.
  • The pain usually does not start or get worse with physical activity.
  • Heartburn is sometimes referred to as acid indigestion.
  • Not everyone with GERD has heartburn.

Other symptoms of GERD include the following:

  • Regurgitation of bitter acid up into the throat while sleeping or bending over
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Hoarseness (especially in the morning)
  • Feeling of tightness in the throat, as if a piece of food is stuck there
  • Wheezing

The most common symptoms in children and infants are repeated vomiting, coughing, and other respiratory problems.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/28/2014
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