Symptoms of Acid Reflux
If you experience heartburn at least two to three times a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. The most common symptom of GERD, heartburn, is estimated to affect 10 million adults in the United States on a daily basis.
Heartburn is experienced as a burning sensation in the center of the chest, which sometimes spreads to the throat; there also may be an acid taste in the throat.
Symptoms of GERD:
- Pain in the chest
- Trouble swallowing
- Hoarseness in the morning
- Choking sensation
- Persistent dry cough
- Bad breath
- May feel like food is stuck in the throat
- A burning feeling in the throat
- Loss of voice for no apparent reason
- Wheezing or other asthma-like symptoms
- In babies, spitting up or throwing up almost after every meal
Symptoms of heartburn are often mistaken for signs of a heart attack. Pain from a heart condition is usually made worse by physical activity, but heartburn is not usually caused by physical activity. However, if you think you are having a heart attack, or you're not sure, it's important that you go to the emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia:
- Heartburn, worse when bending over or lying down
- Chest pain
- Swallowing difficulty
For the longest time I thought I might have acid reflux disease. I don’t think I did now that I don’t have any more problems, but for the longest time I had some of the symptoms. For the longest time I had horrible heartburn for most of the day, and it really didn’t matter what I ate. I began to worry about the consequences of having acid where it shouldn’t be day in and day out, but no matter what I did with my diet, the problem remained.
Looking back, I think my brush with acid reflux disease was because of all of the stress in my life. At the time I had a horrible job that I hated, my relationship was more bad than good, and I missed my family very much. As soon as I made the decision to take a vacation alone to see my family, and then made the choice to go back to school to get out of my horrible job, my symptoms of acid reflux disease disappeared and I have not had a huge problem since.
If you have any symptoms on a day to day basis, you may want to talk to your doctor about acid reflux disease. This is not only just a pain for you when you are experiencing heartburn. It can also mean that some of your esophagus is being eaten away by the excess acid. This can cause permanent damage. There are medications out there now that can help eliminate your symptoms and some claim to repair some of the damage caused by acid reflux disease. I don’t know if these claims are true, but it would be in your best interest to talk to your doctor.
If you aren’t sure what the symptoms of acid reflux are, you can find them easily enough if you look online. If you have heartburn at times when there seems to be no cause, and if you have it more than once or twice a week, you should consider that you might have to see someone for help. Acid reflux disease will be different for everyone, though not everyone will be able to get rid of it by simply changing his or her life like I did. When there has been a lot of damage to your stomach and esophagus, you may need more than a medication so much sure you call your doctor for an appointment once you suspect a problem.