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Acid Reflux Symptoms – When to Call The Doctor

For many people the symptoms of acid reflux are familiar; the burning sensation after eating, chest pain, pain worsens when you lie down, trouble swallowing, a bitter taste in the mouth, extra saliva, nausea hoarseness, sore throat, cough, and even asthma.

Although these symptoms are familiar to people who experience acid reflux, the most common question is when is it appropriate to call the doctor.

It’s always a good practice to consult your doctor if you experience acid reflux on a regular basis however, there are certain symptoms that indicate you should call your doctor right away for example:

WebMD.com, in an article on “Acid Reflux Symptoms” give this advise on,

When Should I Call the Doctor With Acid Reflux Symptoms?

Be sure to call your doctor if you don’t get lasting relief from medications or if you have heartburn more than two times a week for more than two weeks. Also call the doctor if you have any “alarm” acid reflux symptoms, such as these:

Unexpected weight loss
Blood in vomit.
Black, tarry, or maroon-colored stools.
Difficulty or pain with swallowing.

Other acid reflux symptoms that should prompt a call to your doctor include:

Asthma-like symptoms, such as wheezing or dry cough
Hoarseness, especially in the morning.
Chronic sore throat.
Hiccups that don’t let up.
Nausea that lasts for weeks or months.

Sometimes, people confuse the symptoms of heart attack with symptoms of acid reflux disease. That’s because pain in the chest can feel like heartburn. When in doubt, call your doctor.

Call 911 if you have any of these symptoms of heart attack:

Chest pain, pressure, or fullness lasting more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back.
Pain or discomfort in your neck, shoulder, or jaw.
Shortness of breath, with or without chest pain.
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or nausea.
Sweating along with chest pain

This is very good advice.

Hopefully your acid reflux symptoms will not be this extreme, in fact for most people the remedy for acid reflux symptoms can be something as simple as a change in diet or correcting a bad habit like stretching out on the sofa to watch TV after a big meal and of course if you still occasionally experience mild acid reflux symptoms, home remedies or even over-the-counter remedies are fine for these occasions.

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Although it’s true that certain acid reflux symptoms call for immediate medical attention you should never hesitate to consult with your doctor any time you experience unusual or uncomfortable symptoms in your body.