2016-06-08 15:39:31 UTC

GERD 102: Symptoms

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Each person may not feel gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in the same way. 

Common symptoms are:

  • Heartburn.
    • Burning pain behind the chest that may move up toward the neck.
    • Burning pain that is worse when you are lying down or bending over.
    • Heartburn often happens after you eat.
  • Feeling like food is coming back up into your mouth, maybe with a bitter taste.
  • Sore throat that won’t go away.
  • Hoarseness (scratchy-sounding voice).
  • Cough that won’t go away.
  • Asthma. 
  • Chest pain.
  • Feeling like there is a lump in your throat.
  • Pain when you swallow.
  • Feeling as though food sticks in the throat when going down.
  • Nausea.
  • Frequent burping.
  • Throwing up.

 

Alarm Symptoms


Certain alarm symptoms may point to complications or life-threatening problems. Should you have any of these alarm-warning symptoms, talk to your doctor right away.

  • Chest pain with activity, such as climbing stairs.
  • Losing weight without trying.
  • Choking while eating or trouble swallowing food and liquids.
  • Throwing up blood or material that looks like coffee grounds.
  • Red or black stools.

 

© AGA, September 2017

©AGA, July 2016

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