Having regular heartburn is miserable. Even worse is worrying that you might be have acid reflux or GERD. In this post we’ll cover how acid reflux is diagnosed and the 4 most common acid reflux symptoms in adults.
Just because you have heartburn doesn’t mean you have acid reflux.
So when does occasional heartburn become acid reflux?
That answer usually comes from a medical professional. Many times the diagnoses can be made by talking with your doctor or by using a typical acid reflux symptoms questionnaire.
Either way, a diagnosis is necessary to ensure the most effective and quick treatment for this condition.
Approximately 70% of the acid reflux diagnostics that are based on the presence of typical symptoms are accurate.
Since acid reflux, also called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), can cause patients a great deal of discomfort and result in severe complications, it is highly important to know how to identify its symptoms in order to quickly diagnose and treat it.
While these are not the only signs, the 4 most common symptoms of GERD and acid reflux are:
1. Persistent Heartburn. This is the most common symptom of GERD. Heartburn is experienced as an unpleasant and painful burning sensation in the esophageal area.
2. Gastric regurgitation, which means an unrestricted reversed flow of gastric or esophageal contents into the throat. This gastric fluid can cause respiratory complications under certain conditions.
3. Odynophagia, which means pain when swallowing.
4. Dysphagia, which means difficulty swallowing, or the feeling of food stuck in the throat.
In addition to the above, about 50% of all gastroesophageal reflux disease sufferers report the co-occurrence of sinonasal symptoms (i. e. symptoms pertaining to the nose and sinuses).
Abnormal GERD symptoms include chronic wheezing and coughing (sometimes referred to as acid reflux related asthma, and are caused by the aspiration of gastric contents into the lungs area), spasmodic noncardiac chest pain and damage to the lungs, often followed by respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and asthma.
Intense chest pain may closely resemble that of myocardial infarction that it has often been incorrectly interpreted as a heart attack. However, unlike the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, cardiovascular chest pain is usually aggravated during physical exercise. Finally, acid reflux can also harm the vocal cords (hoarseness, laryngitis, cancer), ears (otitis media), and teeth (enamel decay). Being able to identify those symptoms as GERD related is of great importance to your health and general well being and for the prevention of potential complications.
Acid reflux symptoms might serve as evidence to severe overall internal imbalance. In addition to that, neglected gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to significant physical discomfort and sometimes can results in chronic and even dangerous health conditions, such as esophageal cancer and pneumonia.
This article is based on the book, “Heartburn No More” by Jeff Martin. Jeff is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated his life to creating the ultimate acid reflux solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root cause of heartburn and acid reflux and naturally and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life, without the use prescription medication and without any surgical procedures. Learn more by visiting his website:
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