Could your night sweats be GERD?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 02, 2015

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  • GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a chronic digestive disease.
  • It can cause episodes of night-time sweating.
  • Night sweats are not considered the most common symptom of GERD.
  • Heartburn, dry cough and difficult swallowing are the other signs.

Night sweats or excessive sweating during the night can make one feel quite uncomfortable. If you experience it often, it could be a serious thing. There are many different reasons for night sweats and one of them can be GERD.


symptoms of GERD


GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a chronic digestive disease that can cause episodes of night-time sweating. However, night sweats are not considered the most common symptom of GERD, but only one of them.


Do you have GERD?

GERD causes night sweats, but it is not the only medical condition that does so. So, you will have to speak with your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing to derive the right diagnosis and treatment.

If you are experiencing the following besides night sweats due to acid reflux, you could indeed be suffering from GERD:

  • Heartburn, which sometimes transfers to the throat
  • Chest pain
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Dry cough
  • Hoarseness in voice
  • Sensation of a lump in throat

If you experience chest pain along with other symptoms such as shortness of breath or jaw or arm pain, seek medical attention. These may be symptoms of a heart attack.


What causes acid reflux GERD?

When the stomach acid or stomach content flows back into your food pipe (oesophagus) and irritates the lining of your oesophagus, it is GERD. Acid reflux is a common digestive condition that many people experience. When it occurs often and interferes with your day-to-day activity, the damage to your oesophagus will be determined to see if you have GERD.

The risk factors for GERD are obesity, pregnancy, hiatal hernia (bulging of top of stomach up into the diaphragm), asthma, diabetes, connective tissue disorders, such as scleroderma and smoking.

The good news is that GERD-related complications can be managed with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. Maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tight-fitting clothing, avoiding foods and drinks that trigger heartburn, eating smaller meals and not smoking can ease the discomfort. However, some patients might need stronger medical treatments to reduce symptoms.

If you experience severe or frequent GERD symptoms, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.




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