GERD Symptoms

GERD Symptoms

How to spot the warning signs

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD symptoms can appear in men, women infants and children. GERD is a disease of the upper intestinal tract and so it’s symptoms are primarily in the mouth, throat, and upper chest. Here are the symptoms which often lead to a diagnosis of GERD.

Pain in the chest

A pain in the chest that can feel like it’s from the heart can be very light to very crushing and severe. Doctors feel that many people who experience these pains usually don;’t report it for a long time and simply take over the counter medice to relieve these symptoms, never curing them of course.

Heartburn

About two thirds of GERD sufferers have heartburn. The burning sensation in the upper chest we call heartburn actually has nothing to do with the heart and has nothing to do with heart disease.

Asthma

Asthma is a condition that can very well be induced by acid reflux. It can be a cough or wheeze that is mild to very severe. For people who have GERD, asthma does not need to be treated with asthma medicines because often treating the GERD will cure the asthma.

Hiccups

Not so much a problem in adults but many infants that hiccup are thought it is related to acid reflux.

Voice disorders

The voice box, or larynx can be effected by GERD. Chronic regurgitation can lead to a very raspy voice that sometimes just won’t go away. Related upper esophagus symptoms include bad breath, chronic ear pain, and vocal polyps.

Nausea

Only a few people will experience nausea, but if they do, the possibility of chronic acid exposure must be considered. This can be because of a blockage in the esophagus, or even from an obstruction from a cancer that has formed there.

Persistent coughing

This is very common with people that have acid reflux. Common chronic coughs are asthma, post-nasal drip, respiratory tract infections, and smoking. Chronic coughing is often caused by acid reflux and if someone doesn’t respond to antibiotics, and other causes have been ruled out, GERD would be considered especially if the person is not a smoker.

Esophagus and throat pain

Pain in the throat can mean several things; simple acid reflux causingĀ  pain under the typhoid which is the small bone in the middle of the chest, it can be inflammation in the esophagus, or at worse can be ulcers at the end of the esophagus.

GERD is one of the most common diseases and so are many of the symptoms. Action should be taken because it’s these symptoms that are your body’s warning sign’s that something is wrong.

Most western doctors will immediately prescribe pharmaceuticlal drugs, but depending on the severity of the symptoms, others will try a dietary approach because often it’s a poor diet lacking in important, quality nutrients that cause it in the first place. As the doctor’s favorite saying goes “85% of all illnesses can be cured through diet, rest and exercise”.

For many of us there is no need to look any further than the terrible diet we are on. High processed foods heavy on animal fats and refined sugar which throw the entire digestive balance out of whack and cause all sorts of problems. Elimination will help and adding some essential nutrients will also help many symptoms.

 

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