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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredHeartburn and GERD cause mild acid burns by allowing stomach contents to flow partway back up the sensitive esophagus, the tube that connects the stomach and throat. This backflow causes a burning pain and can produce scarring if it happens too often. The animation shows why GERD is painful.
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
Chronic heartburn can lead to GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. The symptoms of GERD include:
- a burning sensation in the abdomen
- regurgitation or the feeling of food coming up from the stomach into the esophagus
- chest pain
- difficulty swallowing
- belching or burping
- sour taste in the mouth
- stomach pain, especially in the upper portion of the stomach
These symptoms are caused by a weak muscle at the bottom of the esophagus, which normally prevents stomach contents from flowing backward into the esophagus, obesity, diet and lifestyle, hiatal hernia, poor emptying of the stomach or poor movement of the esophagus.
Lisa Ganjhu, DO, Gastroenterology, answered
The blaze of heartburn and the acid-splash of GERD have much in common. In this video, gastroenterologist Dr. Lisa Ganjhu discusses the causes of these stomach-churning conditions.