The Many Faces of GERD
GERD, acid reflux and heartburn are common to a significant number of Americans. Diagnosing this uncomfortable disease isn't always a simple task. You might think differently. After all, heartburn is heartburn, right? And who hasn't experienced a little burning sensation after a particularly indulgent meal? Unfortunately, there are a number of symptoms that can mimic other illnesses. Like what? You might be surprised.
Do you have any of these symptoms?
Chest pain is a common symptom of acid reflux, due to stomach acid splashing onto the esophagus. The pain can feel a lot of like a heart attack. Always rule out a heart attack first, but don't be surprised if your heartburn is giving you this uncomfortable feeling in your chest.
Discomfort that worsens when you are lying down is a classic symptom of GERD. An upright position helps to keep the stomach acid in the stomach.
An icky taste in your mouth may be a clue that you have chronic heartburn. Most people describe it as a bitter taste.
A hoarse voice can be a result of acid affecting your vocal chords.
A sore throat can be linked to flu or a cold, but it can also be due to acid reflux.
Coughing and wheezing can be caused by acid getting into your lungs. Furthermore, the coughing and wheezing can become so bad that they trigger an asthma attack.
If nausea comes on right after a meal, acid reflux could be the culprit.
Ever heard of water brash? If you suffer from extra saliva, it could be due to the body's efforts to wash out the acid created from heartburn.
If you are having trouble swallowing, it might be from scar tissue and swelling caused by the acid generated from GERD.
Listen to your body! Most often, it is trying to tell us something. If you have any of these symptoms, consult your doctor. Getting a proper diagnosis is the first step toward treating acid reflux.
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