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The Symptoms of GERD

Updated on March 2, 2017

Chronic Digestive Disorder Symptoms

GERD or Acid Reflux is a condition in which the stomach acid travels up to the esophagus area. This condition is one that can be chronic if not properly cared for or managed. It can lead to other serious condition such as narrowing of the esophagus and even cancer. So, understanding the symptoms of GERD could be important to those of us who may suspect we have this digestive disorder.

Here are some of the symptoms commonly associated with GERD to look out for:

Chronic Heartburn: This form of heartburn can be so severe that it can feel like it's hard to breathe and even swallow. Individuals will also find that they are excessively belching and may even have excess saliva in their mouths.

Regurgitation: This one can be somewhat embarrassing for an individual to deal with. Why because it causes them to start coughing and choking bringing up acid. This can not be a pretty sight if someone happens to be doing so in public. Unfortunately, dealing with this symptom for years, I have dealt with this myself.

Trouble Lying Flat in Bed: This one happens because the acid tends to travel up while a person in a lying position. This one can lead to a person feeling like they can't breathe or have a mild case of gastric discomfort.

These are some of the most common symptoms of GERD. Those of us who have this condition have experienced all these symptoms at one time or another. If you have experienced any of them but haven't been diagnosed with GERD, it could be advisable to see a doctor. Don't ignore these symptoms as mentioned above this can lead to far more serious problems if not treated. A doctor can recommend the proper form of treatment to get the symptoms under control.

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