Common symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are heartburn and/or acid regurgitation. Heartburn is a burning sensation felt behind the breastbone that occurs when stomach contents irritate the normal lining of the esophagus. Acid regurgitation is the sensation of stomach fluid coming up through the chest, which may reach the mouth. Less common symptoms that may also be associated with gastroesophageal reflux include unexplained chest pain, wheezing, sore throat and cough, among others. Propping up the head of the bed at night may be helpful.
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This symptom may indicate that you have nighttime gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If it is reoccurring, you should see your physician or a gastroenterologist. In the meantime, avoid eating within three hours of lying down; also avoid alcohol and caffeine at night.