What are the common symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)?

Symptoms of GERD are mostly related to acid reflux and very commonly begin with mild to severe heartburn.
Common symptoms of GERD include:
  • Heartburn: a burning sensation in the chest caused by acid reflux; may be worse at night and most often begins after eating
  • Difficulty swallowing: caused by damage to the muscles of the esophagus and occasionally the buildup of scar tissue near the bottom.
  • Regurgitation: with severe acid reflux, stomach fluid/food may make its way to the back of your throat
  • Chest pain
  • Esophageal discomfort: due to past damage to your esophagus, you may feel the presence of a lump in your throat without acid reflux.
  • Trouble sleeping: nighttime acid reflux can cause difficulty sleeping as well as asthma, laryngitis, and a cough as stomach acid enters your lungs more easily when lying down
GERD symptoms heartburn graphic

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  • "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)." Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 9 Mar. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gerd/symptoms-causes/syc-20361940.



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