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Heartburn (GERD)

What Are The Symptoms Of GERD?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 10:27

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. It feels like a burning chest pain right behind the breastbone. Pain may move upward toward the throat. It often is worse after meals. Bending over or lying down also may make heartburn worse. Standing up may bring relief. Heartburn often occurs after going to bed at night.

Other GERD symptoms include:

  1. Burping-up, or regurgitation, of sour-tasting, acidy material into the mouth.
  2. Difficult or painful swallowing.
  3. Sore throat, hoarseness, and/or cough.
  4. Wheezing in people with asthma.

GERD also occurs in young children who may have the same symptoms as adults but cannot describe them. The only noticeable symptoms in infants and children may be vomiting, coughing, wheezing or other respiratory problems, and failure to gain weight normally.

Need To Know:

GERD symptoms can resemble those of a heart attack or other heart disease. The symptoms may also be similar to those of an ulcer, gallstones, or pancreatitis

Your doctor's examination, and special investigations if needed, will identify the cause of the symptoms.

 

Heartburn (GERD)