- Burning sensation in the chest
The most common symptom is “heartburn”, a burning sensation in the chest which is often mistaken as heart disease.
Some patients with recurrent inflammation of the throat that flares up again right after calming down can be suffering from GERD, as gastric juice/acid may back up to the throat resulting in burns and symptoms similar to pharyngitis. Prolonged gastric juice/acid reflux can, in the worst case, lead to changes in oesophageal cells and even cancer of the oesophagus.
Generally speaking, acid reflux into the oesophagus is more serious at night than during the day, because it is easier for gastric acid to reach the oesophagus when you lie down on your back. Consult your doctor as soon as possible if you have such signs as weight loss, difficulties or pain with swallowing, vomiting of blood or feelings of suffocation.
Atypical symptoms include cough, asthma, etc.
GERD, if not treated in time, may cause oesophagitis, pharyngitis and even oesophageal cancer, etc.