10 Common Symptoms of Acid Reflux
Are you one of millions who suffer from the unpleasant symptoms of acid reflux from time to time? Acid reflux is also known as, gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. According to WebMD, about 60 million Americans deal with acid reflux at least once a month.
Acid reflux is very common but seldom serious. However, it is best to recognize symptoms and not ignore them because they can eventually cause damage and bleeding. You can make lifestyle changes, such as what you eat, and get over-the-counter (OTC) antacid medications to reduce and control acid reflux symptoms.
Symptom 1: Nausea
Other acid reflux symptoms, such as burping and coughing, can turn into you feeling nauseated. The nausea can be mild to severe, and even cause vomiting.
Avoid foods, such as chocolate and citrus fruits, that can increase chances of nausea with acid reflux.
Symptom 2: Bloated
Bloating plays a role in acid reflux. Bloating increases pressure around your abdomen. Therefore, it can actually cause acid reflux by pushing contents in your stomach up to your esophagus.
As a result, you may swallow in more air and make the bloating even worse.
Symptom 3: Stomach Pain
Is there a burning discomfort in your stomach? This is where acid reflux usually starts, and then moves to your chest and throat.
It often is caused by what you eat or drink. Try drinking non-caffeinated herbal tea, although avoid peppermint or mint flavors. Chamomile tea is anti-inflammatory and helps reduce cramps and pain that come with upset stomachs.
Symptom 4: Regurgitation/Acidic Taste
Do you taste a sour or bitter acid taste in your mouth or throat?
Regurgitation produces this disgusting taste, and may even make your burp up or vomit contents in your stomach.
Symptom 5: Heartburn
Do you ever feel a burning pain in your chest? This pain usually starts in your stomach and moves up to your chest, and sometimes up to your throat. Despite the term, it fortunately does not impact your heart.
Symptom 6: Belching
When stomach acid moves up into your throat, it may cause you to belch. However, if you take in too much air when you belch or belch too often, that could make the acid reflux worse.
Medical guidance and/or surgery can help you break your belching habit.
Symptom 7: Dry Cough
Acid reflux sometimes causes you to have asthma-like symptoms, such as a dry cough or wheezing. Hoarseness and a chronic sore throat are also common with acid reflux.
According to the Dr. Oz Show, “… asthma is one of the most common misdiagnoses, because silent reflux mimics asthma? Here’s a big tipoff: When you have trouble breathing, do you have more difficulty getting air IN or OUT? People with reflux have trouble getting air IN during inspiration (not out during expiration). People with asthma have difficulty getting air OUT of the lungs. In truth, many people with ‘asthma’ may not actually have it, and, consequently, asthma medication doesn’t really help much if at all. The fact is that once the correct diagnosis is made, effective anti-reflux treatment can permanently cure this asthma-like breathing problem.”
Symptom 8: Dyspepsia
Many acid reflux sufferers also have the Dyspepsia syndrome, which combines many symptoms of acid reflux.
They experience abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, and burping.
Symptom 9: Weight Loss
Losing weight can help reduce or eliminate acid reflux. However, you do not want to experience sudden weight loss due to acid reflux.
If you are losing weight because you do not want to eat because your stomach hurts and you have other acid reflux symptoms, seek medical attention.
Symptom 10: Black/Bloody Stools
If you have black or bloody stools, that could mean your acid reflux has turned into an emergency. Blood mixing with digestive fluids makes your stool look like tar.
You have probably damaged your throat and/or your stomach.