The Symptoms of GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is more common than one might think. GERD occurs when bile and stomach acids begin to back up into the esophagus. This happens because the lower esophageal sphincter muscle that regulates the flow of contents into the stomach becomes too weak to keep the stomach contents in place. The major symptoms of GERD are a burning feeling in the back of the throat or chest like heartburn, as well as acid regurgitation.
There are, however, a variety of lesser known symptoms that may not be associated with GERD. When the bile and acids from the stomach back up the esophagus they slowly irritate the back of the throat, decay teeth and erode the lining of the esophagus, causing a host of other symptoms that may or may not be present:
Frequent sore throat or laryngitis
- Chronically hoarse sounding voice
- Coughing, especially at night or after meals
- Chronic sinus infections
- Asthma or asthma-like symptoms
- Tooth decay
- Difficulty swallowing
There are plenty of doctors in Albany, GA, who can properly diagnose GERD even if the symptoms are less severe or frequent. More rarely GERD doesn’t present with any real symptoms even though there may be damage to the esophagus and throat occuring. GERD is a serious condition and you should consult a doctor if any of the above symptoms are lingering or recurring. Not treating it can result in complications that become more difficult to treat.
The tests needed to diagnose GERD are not strenuous, and this disease is easily managed with prescription or over-the-counter medications. The key, however, is to get examined before more serious damage occurs.