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Symptoms of Heartburn

Symptoms of Heartburn: Introduction

Symptoms of GERD can vary in nature and severity between individuals. Symptoms can be mild to severe.

In GERD, the acidic stomach contents flow from the stomach up the esophagus toward the mouth. This results in typical symptoms that include indigestion (heartburn) or epigastric pain that is burning in nature. This burning sensation can run from the stomach up to the mouth, and there can be an acidic taste in the mouth. There may also be belching.

Symptoms of GERD may also include nausea, difficulty swallowing and vomiting. Some people with GERD may also have a condition called hiatal hernia, which can aggravate symptoms of GERD.

Complications of untreated GERD can be serious. Exposing the esophagus to the back flow of acidic stomach contents can damage the esophagus and lead to esophagitis, esophageal ulcers and bleeding from the esophagus. There may also be scarring of the esophagus that can result in the formation of strictures. Strictures are abnormal scar tissue that narrows the esophagus and can prevent food from reaching the stomach.

Ongoing, untreated GERD can also lead serious changes in the lining of the lower esophagus. This is called Barrett's esophagus, which increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer....more about Heartburn »

Symptoms of Heartburn

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Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK (Excerpt)

The main symptoms are persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation. Some people have GERD without heartburn. Instead, they experience pain in the chest, hoarseness in the morning, or trouble swallowing. You may feel like you have food stuck in your throat or like you are choking or your throat is tight. GERD can also cause a dry cough and bad breath. (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)

Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK (Excerpt)

You can have GERD without having heartburn. Your symptoms could be excessive clearing of the throat, problems swallowing, the feeling that food is stuck in your throat, burning in the mouth, or pain in the chest. (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Heartburn. This signs and symptoms information for Heartburn has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Heartburn signs or Heartburn symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Heartburn may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Heartburn symptoms.


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