A common and unusual disorder in which stomach acid rises into the esophagus. This happens when the valve that separates the contents of the stomach from the esophagus fails to operate properly.
Sometimes acid reflux progresses to GERD, a more severe form of reflux. The most common symptom of GERD is frequent heartburn two or more times a week. Other signs and symptoms can include regurgitation of food or sour liquid, difficulty swallowing, coughing, wheezing, and chest pain especially while lying down at night.
As a result of GERD, other symptoms can include:
- Acid-induced erosions of the teeth
- Chronic cough
- Ear pain
Sinusitis Asthma and other respiratory infections Esophagitis Pneumonia Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux. It’s caused by the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus, which irritates the lining of the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. The symptoms of heartburn include A burning sensation in your chest, throat, or even behind your breastbone (where some people feel it) Acidic taste in your mouth Nausea, vomiting Feeling as if something is stuck in your throat. Chest pain can range from mild to severe. It may be sharp or dull and can come with other symptoms such as shortness of breath and sweating. In some cases, people may also experience Loss of appetite Heartburn with meals (called “dinner-time acid indigestion”) Chest pains that occur in between meals (called “nocturnal heartburn”) Heartburn that occurs when you bend over.« Back to Glossary Index