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GERD Symptoms – Chest Pain

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GERD Symptoms – Chest Pain

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or the acid reflux disease is a condition that caused the acid in the stomach to seep back in the esophagus. This is one of the most common condition experienced by people all over the world.

GERD Symptoms - Chest Pain
GERD Symptoms – Chest Pain

Pain in the chest
This pain usually starts behind the breastbone (the sternum), and may travel up to the throat. It usually occurs shortly after eating, and can last from a few minutes to several hours. It is important to remember that sometimes the pain of a heart attack can be confused with the burning pain of GERD, and it is always important to seek medical attention if there is any doubt as to the origin of this chest pain.

Hoarseness in the morning
Irritation caused by refluxed stomach acid into the throat can lead to hoarseness.

Difficulty swallowing
Trouble with swallowing (dysphagia) occurs when food does not pass normally from the mouth through the esophagus to the stomach. There may be a sensation of food sticking in the throat, chest pressure or “burning” after eating, or a feeling of choking. Difficulty swallowing could be a sign of various conditions, including erosive esophagitis and esophageal cancer, and should always be evaluated by a physician.

May feel like food is stuck in the throat
There may be a sensation of food sticking in the throat, chest pressure or “burning” after eating, or a feeling of choking. Difficulty swallowing could be a sign of various conditions, including erosive esophagitis, and should always be evaluated by a physician.

Persistent dry cough
In some studies, GERD accounted for about 41% of cases of chronic cough in nonsmoking patients. If refluxed stomach acid is aspirated, it can cause coughing.

Bad breath
When acid from the stomach comes up into the throat and mouth an acrid smelling, bad breath.

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