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Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) (cont.)

What are the 17 symptoms of acid reflux (GERD)?

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
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Post-meal pain in the abdomen

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

What does acid reflux (GERD) feel like?

Acid reflux usually feels like a painful or burning sensation in your stomach, upper abdomen behind the breastbone, esophagus, and even up into your throat. You may have the feeling of a hot, acidic, or sour tasting fluid at the back of the throat or a sore throat.

It may feel like it's difficult to swallow or feel a tightness in the throat when you have heartburn, and it may feel as if food is stuck in your throat or esophagus.

You may have chest pain when lying down, bending over, or after eating. (See your doctor for any undiagnosed chest pain – do not assume you are experiencing heartburn until a doctor diagnoses it.)

What does acid reflux (GERD) look like?

Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus.

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