Acid reflux is a condition that occurs when the tube used to transport the food to the stomach from the throat is too weak and is not able to handle the acid, thereby producing some acid reflux symptoms. The food taken in is digested with the acid it produces and stores. The walls of the stomach should be strong enough for it to be capable of storing the acid without causing any damage. However, when the acid flows from the stomach into the oesophagus, acid reflux occurs with different symptoms. Read on and learn about some of the acid reflux symptoms.
Acid Reflux Symptoms:
1. Heartburn – one of the main acid reflux symptoms, this burning sensation radiating from the stomach to the chest and throat is said to be experienced more often at night. This is supported by a certain medical study which also states that some activities may lead to the occurrence of heartburn, including the following:
Lying down on the back Bending over Lifting heavy objects After eating a lot of foods
2. Dyspepsia – Half of those diagnosed with GERD can experience dyspepsia through the following conditions:
Pain and discomfort particularly in the upper part of the abdomen; Nausea after eating; Feeling of fullness
It should be noted that dyspepsia may also be experienced by those not diagnosed with GERD.
3. Regurgitation – this is the condition when the acid backs up in the throat. In some cases, the acid regurgitates up to the mouth and comes out as a “wet burp”. In rare cases, the acid may forcefully come out as a vomit.
Less Common Acid Reflux Symptoms:
There are some acid reflux patients who do not experience the primary acid reflux symptoms. Rather, they experience not so common acid reflux symptoms such as:
1. Burning Sensation in the Chest – chest pain is characterized by the feeling that your food could not move from behind your breastbone. While this can be a symptom of acid reflux, chest pain can also signal other medical conditions such as angina and heart attack.
2. Acid Reflux Symptoms in the Throat such as:
Acid laryngitis – this condition is characterized by dry cough, hoarseness, feeling of a lump in the throat, and the need to clear the throat repeatedly Dysphagia (trouble swallowing) – in some cases, acid reflux may cause the patient to choke or have difficulty in swallowing the food, thereby causing severe chest pain. Persistent hiccups Chronic sore throat
3. Respiratory Symptoms – a certain medical study states that almost 40% of those non-smoking patients with acid reflux experience coughing and wheezing.
4. Vomiting and Chronic Nausea – nausea that lasts for a long time may also be one of the acid reflux symptoms. In some cases, vomiting may occur once a day. However, all other possible causes of vomiting and chronic nausea should be ruled out with proper diagnosis, including stomach cancer, ulcers, gallbladder or pancreatic disorders.