Symptoms & Causes
Heartburn is most commonly associated with GERD. Also known as acid indigestion, this burning pain radiates from the stomach to the abdomen and chest and may last for up to two hours after a meal. It is frequently accompanied by regurgitation, a sour taste in the mouth, and dyspepsia, or general stomach discomfort. Other symptoms often include belching, bloating, coughing, wheezing, hoarseness and nausea.
Symptoms occur most frequently after eating, when lying down or when bending over. They are most common at night.
Some patients have small amount of reflux without heartburn, which can affect the throat, resulting in mild sore throat, hoarseness, feeling something stuck in the throat, having excess mucus in the throat or difficulty swallowing. This condition is called laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and can occur with or without GERD.
Over-the-counter antacids taken immediately after meals will help neutralize stomach acids and can prevent heartburn from occurring or relieve the symptoms.
For serious cases that do not respond to medical treatment, surgery may be recommended.