8 Symptoms Of GERD You Should Not Ignore

GERD

Do you have heartburn?

If so, you may be suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that affects millions of people worldwide.

It’s a chronic digestive disorder in which stomach acid or bile flows back into the esophagus and irritates its lining.

In the previous article, I discussed 8 foods that help acid reflux go away.

In this article, I will discuss the symptoms of GERD.

Without further ado, let’s jump right in:

Here are 8 symptoms of GERD you should not ignore.  

1. Heartburn

One common symptom of GERD is heartburn, which causes a burning sensation in your chest or throat.

The burning sensation is due to stomach acid that backs up into the esophagus.

This heartburn usually occurs after eating a heavy meal or lying down shortly after eating.

However, some people may experience heartburn even if they do not eat or lie down shortly.

According to the American College of Gastroenterology, more than 60 million Americans have heartburn monthly.

But remember this:

Heartburn is generally worse after consuming certain foods like spicy food and caffeine drinks (e.g., coffee).

Also, you should avoid eating anything at least three hours before going to bed.

This will help reduce the risk of heartburn while you sleep.

2. Sore throat that won’t go away

Do you have a sore throat that won’t go away, even after taking medicine?

If so, your condition may be GERD.

This is because stomach acids can irritate the esophagus and cause it to swell or become inflamed.

Also, they can damage its lining over time.  

So if you have a sore throat that won’t go away, don’t hesitate to see your doctor.

3. A sour taste in the mouth

Another symptom of GERD is a sour taste in your mouth.

In fact, you may experience this sour or unpleasant taste both day and night.

However, it’s usually worse at night because stomach juices flow into the esophagus more easily when you lie down or bend over.  

4. Feeling like food is coming back up into your mouth (regurgitation)

Do you feel like food is coming up into your mouth after eating?

If so, this may be a symptom of GERD.

Regurgitation occurs when foods are forced backward from the stomach to the esophagus due to low lower esophageal sphincter pressure.

This condition happens because of reflux or the back-flow of stomach contents into the esophagus.

However, this condition is not dangerous and normally goes away after a few hours.

However, if you experience frequent regurgitation, you should see your doctor.

5. Bad breath 

Bad breath can be a sign of GERD.

According to a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, GERD was responsible for 25% of cases where people had halitosis (bad breath).

In addition, other studies have linked severe acid reflux to poor oral health.            

So if you suffer from bad breath and also experience heartburn or a sour taste in your mouth, it’s time to visit the doctor.

In some cases, simple lifestyle changes can clear up these symptoms and prevent GERD from developing into more serious health problems.

6. Hoarse voice, especially in the morning

If you experience hoarseness, particularly in the morning, then there is a good chance that you are suffering from GERD.

During sleep, your throat’s natural defense mechanisms prevent acid reflux by increasing muscular tone and closing off the esophagus.

But when you wake up, this muscle tone decreases back to normal levels, allowing acid reflux to take place.

As a result:

In the morning, you may wake up with a hoarse voice because of this acid reflux.

However, this symptom should go away within a few hours.

But I would advise you to see your doctor if the hoarseness does not improve after several hours because it could be caused by something else (e.g., cancer, thyroid disease).

7. Sensation of a lump in your throat

Another symptom of GERD that you should not ignore is the sensation of having a lump in your throat (Globus sensation).

This feeling occurs because stomach acid and food regurgitate into the esophagus, causing irritation to its lining tissue.

This irritation leads to a sensation of having a lump in your throat, which can be very uncomfortable.

But if you are experiencing this symptom along with heartburn or a sour taste in your mouth, then it’s time for you to see the doctor.

8. Frequent burping

According to American Gastroenterological Association, frequent burping is another sign of acid reflux.

In fact, reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus can cause you to burp up a sour taste in your mouth.

The good news is that this symptom should go away within a few hours.

But…

Excessive burping could also be caused by other gastrointestinal conditions (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome).

So, if you are experiencing frequent burping, then it’s important to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment options.

In Conclusion…

If you are experiencing any of these eight signs, then it’s likely that you have acid reflux disease.

But as I mentioned before:

In order to find out if this is the case, you should see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment options.            

The good news is that this condition is usually easy to treat with lifestyle changes and medication.