Symptoms of Acid Reflux (GERD)

Untreated acid reflux (GERD) condition can lead to serious complications such as Barrett’s oesophagus which is a precursor to oesophageal cancer. The following symptoms of Acid Reflux (GERD) are common and can be relieved with proper medicinal treatment. It’s also important to understand what causes acid reflux (GERD) and how to prevent it from happening.

Common Symptoms of Acid Reflux (GERD) are:

  • Heartburn, a burning sensation or discomfort that may move from stomach to abdomen or chest, or even up into the throat. This is the most common symptoms of Acid Reflux (GERD).
  • Acid regurgitation, a sensation of acid flowing back up into the throat or mouth, producing a sourish or bitter taste, “wet burp” or even vomit of stomach content.

How does heartburn happen?

Other symptoms of Acid Reflux (GERD) include:

  • Pain that worsens when lying down or bending over
  • Pain after eating, especially right after a big meal
  • Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing
  • A sensation of a lump in the throat
  • Chronic sore throat, which hurts only after meals
  • Laryngitis, an inflammation of the voice box or larynx, resulting in a change in voice
  • Hoarseness or abnormal change in voice in the morning
  • Belching, burping or bloating
  • Nausea right after meals
  • Chronic cough and wheezing (likelihood of gastric acid getting into the lungs), asthma could be triggered if condition worsens
  • Bloody or black stools or bloody vomiting
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Water brash or sudden excess of saliva
  • Acid erosion on tooth enamel
  • Gum inflammation
  • Bad breath

See a doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Your GERD symptoms have become more frequent or severe.
  • You have had rapid weight loss.
  • You have been using over-the-counter antacid medicines for more than 2 weeks and the symptoms still persist. Persistent heartburn or acid reflux can damage the esophagus, a tube that connects the throat with the stomach. The esophagus is lined with a soft tissue and can be damaged by regular acid exposure.
  • Your discomfort severely interferes with your lifestyle or daily activities.
  • You are experiencing black or bloody stools.