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Your Guide to GERD

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Updated June 13, 2014

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Symptoms of GERD

Symptoms of GERD include:

  • Persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation.
    These are the main symptoms GERD, though some people have GERD without heartburn. Symptoms of heartburn include:

    • A burning feeling starts in the chest just behind the breastbone (the sternum) that occurs after eating and can last a few minutes to several hours

    • Lying down and bending over often makes symptoms worse.

    • Symptoms are often made worse by eating food

    • Burning in the throat

    • Sour or bitter taste in the mouth

    • Swallowing can be difficult

    • Belching

    • Chronic coughing

    • Hoarseness

    • Loss of voice for no apparent reason

    • Wheezing or other asthma-like symptoms

    • An antacid usually provides relief

    • If an infant spits up or throws up almost every time he eats and seems fussy, the infant may have gastric reflux

    • 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.

  • Pain in the chest

  • Hoarseness in the morning

  • Trouble swallowing

  • May feel like food is stuck in the throat

  • Choking sensation

  • Persistent dry cough

  • Bad breath
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