What Are Symptoms Of Acid Reflux?
There seems to be some confusion regarding what acid reflux actually is, mainly because there are a number of related terms that are used interchangeably -- like heartburn, indigestion, and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) -- even though they don't mean the same thing.
So to help you better understand what you may be experiencing, here's an explanation of the most common terms:
The Common Symptoms of Acid RefluxThe symptoms of acid reflux occur most often after eating a heavy meal, laying down on your back, exercising or lifting heavy objects, or bending over, and include:
HeartburnDespite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with your heart. It refers to the burning pain you typically experience in your chest -- or even your abdomen or throat -- during a bout of acid reflux. As mentioned previously, heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, not a condition in itself.
RegurgitationA second symptom typical of acid reflux is regurgitation. This is when the acid actually backs up into your throat or mouth. This in turn creates a sour or bitter taste in your mouth, and can even lead to vomiting.
Stomach Discomfort (Dyspepsia)
Other General SymptomsNot all symptoms of acid reflux are directly related to stomach discomfort. You may have other symptoms that you don't even recognize as being caused by acid reflux, including:
More Severe SymptomsWhile many of the symptoms of acid reflux are easy to overlook, some symptoms are far more severe. These include:
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