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Identifying the Symptoms of Acid Reflux Disease

Aug 17, 2007
The symptoms of acid reflux disease are similar to those of the more common and benign symptoms of heartburn. If you find yourself frequently suffering from these symptoms, you should contact a doctor or health professional to help determine if it is only heartburn or something more serious like acid reflux disease / gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Discomfort along with aches and pains in the in the chest are the most common symptoms of acid reflux disease. Bloating and excess gas also are frequently associated with acid reflux as are a burning sensation in the chest and a bad taste in the throat and mouth.

As the acid in your stomach works it way back up the esophagus, it is not uncommon to feel bouts of nausea along with the general discomfort in the chest. This is especially true for pregnant women. If heartburn and nausea appear without any discernable cause, you should discuss the symptoms with your doctor as they can possibly be a sign of something more serious.

With all the internal fighting going on, another common symptom is the development of a headache.

Some tips to help keep acid reflux disease under control:

The most obvious but, in most cases, the hardest recommendation to follow is to completely avoid the foods that cause acid reflux. Unfortunately, doing this will more thank likely end up making your diet a bland and not very tasty experience. Continue to enjoy the foods that you like, but do so in moderation. Take note of the foods that do wind up causing acid reflux and be sure to take special care not to over do it when it comes to those foods. Do your best to stay away from fatty and fried foods as well.

Many people drink milk in an attempt to relieve their discomfort. What they don't realize is that this may be doing them more harm than good as after the initial relief that milk brings from washing the acid back down the esophagus, it frequently spurs the production of more acid in the stomach. If you do feel the need for some milk, try drinking soy milk instead.

Avoid eating too close to bedtime. Lying down allows your stomach acid to flow more easily back up your esophagus and can help amplify your discomfort. If you find yourself having to eat close to bedtime, you can try sleeping sitting in a slightly upright or reclining position.

There are many more things that you can do to help improve your situation if you are suffering symptoms of acid reflux disease. Regardless of the steps you take, you should be sure to consult with a health professional.
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For information on the symptoms of acid reflux disease as well as information on treating and preventing heartburn, visit SymptomsofAcidRefluxDisease.com.
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