10 Surprising Symptoms of Acid Reflux

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Aug 26, 2013

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    Chest Pain

    Chest pain is a classic acid reflux symptom that can last longer than expected. It occurs when the stomach acid is splashing into the esophagus. One shouldn’t ignore chest pain and immediately contact the doctor.


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    Post Meal Pain

    A big meal can easily lead to a pain as the stomach is full and the contents tend to come up. It is recommended to avoid heavy meals and not to recline after a meal. One should also get low on alcohol and tobacco consumption.

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    Worse Pain During Rest

    The acid escapes into the esophagus when you lie down or bend over, causing heartburn. If you experience chronic heart burns after your meals, you can raise the head of your bed a little and avoid eating heavy meals before bedtime.

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    The acid from the stomach can also make its way to your lungs causing respiratory symptoms. If you experience cough after heavy meals then you can get a pH test done to help determine if you have acid reflux.

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    If stomach acid seeps into your esophagus it can also irritate your vocal cords leading to some hoarseness. If you feel a change in your voice right a meal then you may have an acid reflux.

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    Bitter Taste

    Sometimes the acid from your stomach can make its way closer to your throat. You may then feel a bitter taste in your mouth. It usually happens during sleep when the acids find it easy to move upwards. In some cases one can wake up coughing heavily due to this.

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    Sore Throat

    If your throat aches usually after meals, it may be due to heartburn. This type of sore throat can also be chronic. If you don't develop other symptoms of cold, then the sore throat could possibly due to an acid reflux.

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    The acid reflux can affect your respiration due to the presence of acid in your lungs that it can even trigger asthma. Though it has not been proved yet, there seems to be some connection between acid reflux and asthma.

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    Some people have nausea due to the acid reflux. Such nausea comes right after meals and a regular antacid treatment can help.

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    Trouble Swallowing

    A chronic cycle of acid reflux and healing may lead to swelling in the lower-esophagus tissue, which results in difficulty while swallowing.

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