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The most common symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are heartburn and chest pain. The pain or discomfort usually starts in the middle of the chest, and can move up through the throat. With GERD, heartburn can be frequent, constant, and/or severe.
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.
Other, less common GERD symptoms may include:
  • A sore throat
  • Hoarseness, especially in the morning
  • Coughing
  • Breathing problems similar to asthma
  • Bad breath.
(For more detailed information on this topic, click GERD Symptoms to read the full eMedTV article, which describes symptoms of GERD in greater detail.)
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