- Heartburn -- a burning sensation in the chest, generally after a meal
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sore throat
- Severe vomiting
- Persistent cough
- Wheezing, gasping for breath
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The most common symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease are frequent heartburn and regurgitation of sour or bitter liquid, sometimes mixed with food. If you have these two symptoms, your doctor can typically diagnose you and start treatment without the need for any other tests.
Other relatively common symptoms include chest pain, that may simulate heart trouble, and the feeling that food is sticking to your esophagus. Less often, GERD may cause throat burning, coughing, asthma, hoarseness, belching, or recurrent lung infections (like bronchitis).
The most common symptom of reflux disease is heartburn. But Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD, a gastroenterologist at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, explains in this video that other symptoms can accompany the condition.
Untreated, GERD may lead to serious complications.
The main symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) include:
Heartburn caused by GERD is usually felt within 2 hours after you eat. If your heartburn lasts for several hours -- for example, all night -- you may have severe GERD.
Other symptoms of GERD may include:
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Symptoms of nonulcer dyspepsia (NUD) include symptoms of GERD (heartburn and/or upper abdominal pain), as well as difficulty swallowing, feelings of pressure or heaviness after eating, sensations of bloating after eating, stomach or abdominal pains and cramps, and all of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). About three of ten patients with NUD also meet the criteria for IBS.
The common signs and symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may include heartburn, regurgitation, sore throat, halitosis (bad breath), throat clearing, globus (sensation of fullness in the throat), hoarseness, sinusitis, chronic cough, asthma, sleep apnea, and, in a small number of cases, even laryngeal cancer and esophageal cancer.
Symptoms include heartburn or acid indigestion – a sense of burning in the mid-chest behind the breastbone or mid-abdomen, especially when bending or lying down, and regurgitation of food or sour liquid. Less frequently, GERD may cause trouble swallowing, hoarseness, coughing, wheezing, sore throat, and asthma.