Acid reflux is a very common condition that occurs when the acid in your stomach flows back to the esophagus. When this happens, it produces several symptoms. These symptoms could occur at any time of the day but tend to be more common at night. This is because lying down, will make it easy for the stomach acid to move up to your esophagus. Symptoms might also occur after a heavy meal, a fatty or spicy meal.
The symptoms of acid reflux in adults can range from mild to severe. Here are a few of the…
Symptoms of Acid Reflux in Adults
The most common symptom of acid reflux is heartburn. It is experienced as a burning sensation over the center of your chest. It could either be an uncomfortable feeling or a sensation of pain. However, severe symptoms do not indicate that the condition has caused permanent injury to the esophagus.
Sour taste at the back of the mouth
You may feel a sour or bitter taste at the back of your mouth if the stomach acids have reached the back of your throat or mouth. Some may get a metallic taste. Sometimes this is associated with a burning sensation of the throat and mouth.
Regurgitation is the sensation of fluid, food or bile moving up through your throat. Some people may even vomit following this. However, vomiting is rare in adults.
This is the burning sensation and discomfort felt in the upper middle part of the stomach. This is also known as indigestion. Dyspepsia is often associated with other symptoms such as bloating, heartburn, feeling full, nausea, vomiting, and burping frequently.
Dyspepsia and the other associated symptoms should be taken seriously as they can indicate the presence of another condition known as peptic ulcer disease.
Difficulty in swallowing
Difficulty in swallowing is also called dysphagia. It is a condition which makes swallowing difficult as if something is obstructing the path of the swallowed food. There can be many causes of dysphagia and one such cause is acid reflux disease. It can also occur in conditions like stroke, Parkinson’s disease and cancer of the esophagus.
This is another common symptom experienced by adults with acid reflux disease. They often feel as if there is a lump in the throat and therefore feel like they need to cough frequently to clear the throat.
Symptoms of asthma
Acid reflux often exacerbates the symptoms of asthma. The symptoms such as wheezing are often aggravated with acid reflux.
Sore throat can also occur as acid reflux bothering the throat.
Emergency symptoms of acid reflux in adults
Adults with symptoms of acid reflux disease, can mimic a heart attack and therefore patients might visit the emergency room for non-cardiac chest pain. These symptoms are so similar that doctors may investigate to exclude the possibility of a heart attack.
It is important that you seek emergency medical treatment if you have any of the following symptoms:
- A severe chest pain
- A feeling of tightening or squeezing sensation in the chest
- Heartburn that is worse or much different compared to your previous episodes.
It is a must for you to visit the emergency room if the above symptoms are associated with any of the following:
- Difficulty in breathing and you feel as if you are short of breath.
- The chest pain is radiating down to the arm, jaw or neck
If you are unsure seek medical treatment.