What Are the Symptoms of GERD?

The most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is heartburn. The pain or discomfort usually starts in the middle of the chest, and can move up through the throat.
What are some other signs and symptoms of GERD? Other common symptoms include:
  • Sensation of food stuck in the throat
  • Feeling like you are choking or like your throat is tight
  • Acidic or sour taste in the mouth (acid indigestion)
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Chest pain.
Other, less common symptoms of GERD may include:
  • A sore throat
  • Hoarseness, especially in the morning
  • Coughing
  • Breathing problems similar to asthma
  • Bad breath.
(Click GERD Symptoms for a more detailed description of these symptoms, as well as information on the difference between heart attack symptoms and GERD symptoms.)


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