GERD symptoms include the common feeling of heartburn, but that is not the only sign. Some of the symptoms on this list may surprise you!
According to PubMed Health and Health.com, common symptoms of reflux are:
Untreated reflux can cause the uncomfortable symptoms to continue. It can also contribute to:
Usually accurate testing is not performed unless the symptoms are severe. Diagnosis is instead based on the reflux symptoms listed above.
If needed, however, a doctor may run a scope into your mouth, down your esophagus, and through your stomach and small intestine. This procedure is appropriately called a “esophagogastroduodenoscopy.”
A doctor may also have you do a barium swallow, in which she/he can monitor where the barium goes thru x-rays to see if there is a restriction or ulcers. You may do continuous esophageal pH monitoring as another option.
Another test may be esophageal manometry in which the ability of the esophagus to contract and relax is measured with a pressure-sensing tube. If the esophagus is not contracting and relaxing properly, then food and drink is not being transported correctly to the stomach.
Endoscopic or invasive surgeries are sometimes prescribed, although reflux symptoms may still persist.
Fortunately, there is hope for reflux. Find out about the benefits and risks of:
Treatment with proton-pump inhibitors
Help from probiotics, and why you need stomach acid.
Return to the page about reflux causes.
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