Heartburn is the most common of GERD symptoms. Symptoms can include chronic cough, sore throat, throat clearing, voice fatigue, worsening of preexisting asthma, dental disease and others.
Heartburn is described as a burning sensation in the upper abdomen extending up into the chest under the breastbone. There can also be a pressure sensation associated with it.
Along with heartburn, the other “typical” symptoms are regurgitation and swallowing difficulty, termed dysphagia.
Regurgitation is the reflux of bitter stomach juice into the back of the throat without warning. This tends to occur at night, with a person waking up with bitter material in the back of the throat, accompanied by a choking sensation.
It is quite a miserable experience and is very specific for acid reflux. It can occur during the day as well, even when just bending over. Dysphagia is one of the symptoms that must be evaluated expeditiously.
It usually represents some damage to the esophagus from long-standing reflux. However, it can also represent something quite serious such as a narrowing of the esophagus from reflux or even an esophageal cancer.
GERD can also cause other symptoms that we term “atypical”. These symptoms can include chronic cough, sore throat, throat clearing, voice fatigue, worsening of preexisting asthma, dental disease and others. These atypical symptoms can be difficult to recognize as caused by GERD.
The expert testing available through the Heartburn Treatment Center accurately evaluates these symptoms to determine if they are caused by GERD. Once this determination is made that you have the symptoms of GERD, treatment options are offered.