Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or more commonly GERD, is a common digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (or LES), which is the ring of muscle that lies between the esophagus and the stomach. The most common symptoms of GERD are heartburn or acid indigestion. These occur when LES is weak and even though it opens to allow food to pass into the stomach, it doesn’t close properly, so food and acidic stomach juices reflux, or return, back up into the esophagus.
Typically, GERD symptoms occur after eating, and in most cases symptoms lesson due to adopting healthy diet and lifestyle changes. However, medication and surgery can be recommended in extreme GERD cases. Here are the 15 most common symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease…
Or more commonly known as indigestion, dyspepsia causes mild to server stomach pain, most typically following meals. “Reflux can cause a narrowing of the throat due to damage and scarring, so food is actually being held up on its way down,” says Josh Murray, MD, to Prevention. This can be extremely uncomfortable. Prevention describes it as “feel like your food has grown claws and is raking at your throat as it heads toward your stomach.” Ouch!