Sometimes you may have symptoms of heartburn, but how do you know when it may be the more serious symptoms of reflux or GERD? There are specific symptoms that will decipher what type of heartburn or acid reflux that you may be experiencing.
Heartburn - A Symptom of Acid Reflux
Heartburn is the main symptoms of reflux. It is a sort of burning sensation that travels up from the stomach to the chest and throat. Heartburn usually occurs in connection with heavy meals, when you bend over, when you lift something or when you lay down, especially on your back. Studies show that nearly three quarters of the patients who experience GERD symptoms will complain about them mostly at night. It is also shown that those people who suffer from heartburn at night also have more severe symptoms that are very similar to the symptoms found with angina and congestive heart failure.
The severity of heartburn doesn't necessarily mean there is an injury to the esophagus. There are symptoms, or lack of particular symptoms, that can be caused by precancerous changes in the esophagus in older people. Just like people can suffer from a severe case of heartburn without having any presence of damage to the esophagus.
Dyspepsia - Symptoms of Reflux
Dyspepsia is a syndrome that consists of specific symptoms such as pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen, a full feeling in the stomach, and being nauseous after eating. Many people can suffer from dyspepsia without actually having acid reflux.
Regurgitation - Acid Reflux Symptom
Regurgitation is another symptom that gives the patient a feeling of acid backing up in the throat. Acid can sometimes be regurgitated as far up as the mouth and the patient may experience the feeling of burping with a little acid leaving the mouth. Sometimes, although this is uncommon, the acid may come out as a forcible vomit.
Other Symptoms of Reflux - Such as Chest Pains
Patients with GERD may not experience heartburn, Dyspepsia or regurgitation. They may instead have symptoms of reflux in other locations such as chest pains. Patients can have the feeling that food is trapped in their chest giving them sensations of pain. If you are suffering from this symptom it is very important that you can differentiate it from chest pains caused by angina or a heart attack.
Acid Laryngitis - A Symptom of Acid Reflux
A less common symptom of GERB may be Acid laryngitis. This is a condition that can cause hoarseness in the vocal cords, a cough, the feeling of a lump in the throat or the need to clear your throat repeatedly. You may also suffer from dysphagia which is trouble swallowing. In more severe cases, the patient may choke. Other symptoms can be a chronic sore throat or hiccups that don't seem to go away.