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GERD Symptoms – Don’t Ignore Them

GERD Symptoms

are most often mistaken for acid reflux or heartburn.
We’ve all probably experienced some kind of acid reflux symptoms like heartburn for instance. And since we know what the symptoms of acid reflux are, then what are the symptoms of GERD?

Most Common Symptoms of GERD

are nausea, heartburn and partial regurgitation of your food. But these are only the symptoms that GERD has in common with acid reflux.

There are more symptoms that a person who suffers from GERD will experience.
A persistent dry cough for instance is also associated with GERD, as are bloating, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort.

Bad breath is a symptom that you may not even realize you have, but that too is common to acid reflux. However, bad breath is not conclusive evidence that you are suffering from a gastroesophageal problem.

A Particularly Annoying Symptom of GERD

is the feeling that there is food stuck somewhere in your throat and you can’t dislodge it.
This symptom is sometimes reported as a feeling of pressure or pain in the chest or perhaps a burning sensation in the solar plexus, right after eating.

Other Symptoms

including, loss of weight, difficulty swallowing food (dysplasia) or inability to keep food down should be considered more serious and requiring a doctor’s attention.

Perhaps the most common response to these symptoms by most people is to reach for one or more of the brand name, over the counter antacids.
However this type of medication will only reduce the production of acid in the stomach.

Doctors Recommend

that, if you take an antacid medication for your symptoms more than twice a week or if the symptoms persist after taking the medication, it may be GERD and you should see a doctor as soon as you can.

A study published by the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluded that GERD symptoms can be controlled by the use of a prescription drug called Nexium or cured by performing a laparoscopic procedure called a Nissen Fundoplication.

The majority of participants in the study reported that either the surgery or Nexium resolved their symptoms with no apparent side effects.

You should know that having these symptoms does not always mean you actually have GERD, in fact you should always check with your doctor to determine whether you have GERD or common acid reflux.

Whether you are suffering from GERD or acid reflux it is important to take remedial steps to control it because over time the symptom may lead to more serious gastroesophageal problems.