If you aren’t sure that you have symptoms of acid reflux or if you’re wondering if some of the other things that are bothering you could be tied to reflux, then see if you can find you’re specific symptoms on this page. Keep in mind that many common reflux symptoms mimic signs of more serious problems like a heart attack for instance.
Common Symptoms of Acid Reflux
The most common effect is a burning feeling in the chest and throat that we call heartburn. This is a feeling we all experience at sometime. A little heartburn a few times a year really does no harm.
If the heartburn becomes more frequent then the burning becomes a pain. Chest pain to the point of people being rushed to the hospital thinking they are having a heart attack is common. The pain can radiate into the arms or to the back just like heart attack symptoms.
Your heart can pound in your chest and seem like it is having a harder time doing its job. This feeling will get worse if you sit or bend over (this puts more pressure on your insides).
Pressure in the chest can appear with the above symptoms or by itself. It can feel like someone is pumping a balloon up inside your chest. Usually burping or belching relieves this pressure for a few seconds until it begins building again. Pressure is a very common symptom of acid refux.
Feeling of a Lump
Another common complaint is the feeling of a lump at the bottom of the throat or in the chest. Not an actual lump, it just feels like that.
Burping or Belching
Burping, belching, bloating or rifting are also very common symptoms of acid reflux disease. When you burp sometimes stomach juices come with to aggravate the problem more. Excessive burping means pressure is building up. We all burp sometimes so occasional burping doesn’t mean you have reflux.
Breathing Problems, Shortness of Breath or Constant Throat Clearing
Yes, this can be caused by acid reflux. See below for more info on this.
The Reflux Feeling
Refluxing, what does it feel like? It’s sort of like a small burp in your chest but it doesn’t come out of your mouth. This is usually happening without you noticing but sometimes if you pay attention you can feel it.
If you can easily feel the refluxing, then you have strong back pressure or a weakened LES.
For many people the refluxing is happening for a long time and there is no way you can feel it. This is called silent reflux. It is not powerfully coming up into the esophagus but sort of seeping, especially bad at night while sleeping.
Breathing problems can be a sign. For me this was my first noticeable symptom. When I was told it was because of acid reflux I was completely unconvinced. Because of reflux the digestive juices from the stomach can get into the air passages and into the lungs. When the juices get into the air passages they can shrink the passages or scar the lungs. It seems like the lung function remains normal but you just can’t get enough air in. Even just the acidic fumes getting to the breathing passages can cause trouble.
Also if you get pressure in your chest it makes it twice as bad because the pressure pushes on the lungs or the passages and makes it harder still to get full breath. There is also evidence that asthma is caused by or related to digestive problems.
Hoarseness, throat clearing, or chest discomfort when talking can be symptoms. Everything in the upper chest, throat, voice box, air passages and heart and lung area are all tied together so closely that any symptom you’re having with anything in this general area is possibly related to reflux. You should get checked out by your doctor if you think something more serious is wrong.
Less Common Symptoms of Acid Reflux
Here are some other less common symptoms of acid reflux I learned about through research that may be related to acid reflux and problems with digestion. Sinus problems, tiredness,fatigue, feeling better if you don't eat, feeling cold for no reason especially fingers and toes, not defacating daily, stools frequently smell foul,chronic bad breath you can't get rid of, memory loss, depression, anxiety and insomnia.
You are Having Problems with Digestion
This is what you must begin to understand; When you experience what is called acid reflux today, you are having digestive system problems! These feelings are merely the symptoms of your problem, not the problem itself!
Generally, if you have trouble digesting protein you will get heartburn and bad smelling gas. Trouble digesting carbohydrates can give you gas that doesn't smell and lower bowel cramping. Fats not being digested properly can cause burping, belching and abdominal pain.
Get to the Root of Your Reflux Symptoms
Avoiding foods that cause your symptoms may make it more tolerable but will not solve your problem. Neither will the antacids and pills, they help the symptoms, not the root causes.
If you are having any of the above symptoms of acid reflux, especially if it's been going on for years, I want you to understand that reflux is doingreal damage to your body.
To better understand the damage being done, click on the following link, leave symptoms of acid reflux page.