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What Do You Mean It’s Heartburn?

Think you know all there is to know about acid reflux and heartburn in Ft. Worth and Dallas?

What do you mean it’s heartburn?

Heartburn: it is that lingering sensation in the back of your chest that something is burning. As stomach acid escapes into your esophagus your esophageal lining becomes irritated, inflamed and generally unhappy. The result is a couple of hours of pure misery for you, often accompanied by regurgitation and indigestion.

So that’s all there is to know about heartburn right? Wrong. While heartburn strikes the majority of people in the same unhappy ways following an oversized or overly spiced meal, there are a handful of other symptoms that don’t get nearly as much attention as standard acid reflux. In fact, there are many people in Dallas and Ft. Worth with heartburn who don’t even realize it; remaining completely unaware of the source of the symptoms causing them such misery.

Think your sore esophagus is all there is to it? Think again. Here are a few lesser-known symptoms that are associated with heartburn and acid reflux in Ft. Worth and Dallas:

  • Bad taste in your mouth. Your meal went down tasting great, but the aftertaste is just the pits. And come to think of it, this is the aftertaste you got after breakfast too—and dinner last night. That isn’t a coincidence; that is acid reflux. A bitter taste in your mouth after eating is a common sign of stomach acid making it into your throat.
  • Lost voice. Hoarseness of voice often develops when stomach acid refluxes out of the esophagus and into the larynx, or voice box. The hoarseness may develop quickly after eating a large meal, or could linger and become chronic if you are experiencing frequent heartburn.
  • Sore throat. Maybe the stomach acid isn’t causing too much of a burning in your chest, but if the stomach acid reaches your throat it could cause this common flu like symptom. If your sore throat commonly develops after eating and comes back frequently it could be due to acid reflux.
  • Respiratory problems. Chronic coughing, trouble breathing and wheezing are all common signs of acid reflux. If the stomach acid reaches the lungs then these problems often occur, and can grow severe if left untreated.

These problems will most commonly develop in conjunction with the typical signs of acid reflux, though they can sometimes develop in lieu of the general signs of the disease. If you are experiencing a collection of these symptoms and think they may be related to acid reflux, then contact your GERD surgeon for more information about treatment options.

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