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Symptoms of Acid Reflux
Whenever you walk into your physician’s office, they will ask you some questions to determine and conclude that you have GERD. And you know the drill, only after they conclude that you might have acid reflux, they will prescribe you pills, and I remember I had to take those right after I woke up in the morning. Anyway, you can help your doctor by channeling him or her in the right direction, if you know what symptoms to look for. More like if you have these symptoms, you might have GERD. The very important point here – your doctor needs to tell you that you have acid reflux or GERD. We are not doctors so we are not going to treat the problem.I have already told you what kind of symptoms I had or the discomforts generally others feel. Now let us discuss those again. The most common problem is heartburn, as most of us know that it is a painful burning sensation in the esophageal area. And I usually experience it after eating stuff I am allergic to, overeating, eating spicy stuff. But that is not the only symptom, there are few other symptoms you can look for too.
1. The name acid reflux gives you the clue, the gastric or the esophageal contents travel northwards in a reverse flow and comes near your throat, and you will feel it, the gastric juice will cause inflammation and it can cause respiratory problems.
2. Another common symptom might be a pain while swallowing a lump, and it has a name that might be difficult to remember Odynophagia.
3. One might feel like a lump of food is stuck in the throat, and again this might name swallowing food uncomfortable, this is also known as Dysphagia.
4. Around 50% of GERD sufferers report having symptoms pertaining to the sinus and nose. I personally did not really get this problem particularly. While these are not so common but acid reflux might cause wheeze and coughing and this coughing is called acid reflux asthma. And since I suffered from that, trust me, this is not fun.
Sometimes the GERD causes chest pain too and damages the lungs. Mostly because the gastric content causes the aspiration in the lungs area. In the long term with this problem one might get respiratory diseases like asthma and pneumonia. Acid reflux can give one horrible chest pains which one might interpret as a heart attack. I did not really experience these. But when I had chronic acid reflux, I used to get asthma and of course coughing. If you have acid reflux, right after you feel heartburn and discomfort in the throat, you might experience hoarseness, laryngitis too. I had bad inflammation. And if inflammation happens for a long time, one might get cancer too. The acid can damage the enamel in teeth. I hope I have made the point clear that if you have any of these symptoms, you cannot take GERD lightly, and popping antacid pills won’t make it go away. You need to try to find the prevention of complications. Now, like I mentioned before those H2 blockers are one option your doctor might prescribe you, but don’t you think an option without side effects would better option?
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