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Conditions in Depth

This page contains the basic information about Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) .

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Symptoms

Symptoms of GERD may include:

  • Sharp or burning chest pain behind the breastbone. This is also known as heartburn. It is the most common symptom of GERD. Heartburn may be worse when you eat, bend over or lie down.

  • Tightness in your chest or upper abdomen. The pain may wake you up in the middle of the night.

  • Regurgitation, the backflow of stomach fluids into your mouth

  • Nausea

  • A recurring sour or bitter taste in the mouth

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Hoarseness, especially in the morning

  • Sore throat

  • Coughing, wheezing or repeatedly needing to clear your throat

 
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Created: 4/27/2004   |   Last Modified: 8/21/2006
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