Pain in the abdomen? Feeling of overflow? Eructations or chest pain? These signs may indicate that you have heartburn or heartburn , which is commonly referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Gastroesophageal reflux is a very uncomfortable pathology that affects between 15 and 20% of French people at least once a week.
Here’s what you article will teach you about heartburn :
Symptoms of heartburn
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause belching. These are sometimes accompanied by acid reflux.
It can also happen to people with GERD to wake up at night with an unpleasant bitter taste in the mouth.
Heartburn sometimes results in a burning sensation or pain behind the sternum . This pain can be radiating and spread to the back, neck and area between the shoulder blades.
The pain in these areas is so intense that some people feel that it comes from the heart .
It is not for nothing that in English, it does not speak of heartburn but heart burns (heartburn).
Frequent acid lift may be a source of sore throat.
Some people have an irritating cough or feel like they have something in their throat . It can also happen to have a hoarse voice .
You should know that the symptoms vary from person to person. The absence of certain symptoms does not exclude the possibility that your symptoms are caused by heartburn.
People with gastroesophageal reflux have at least one of the following symptoms :
An important feature of heartburn is that the symptoms are more pronounced when lying down. For example, when we lie down on the couch for a moment or we go to sleep after meals.
Symptoms usually occur after meals. For most people, it’s dinner.
In addition, the symptoms are more pronounced when you go to bed after a hearty meal.
Especially when, in addition, we consumed alcoholic drinks during this meal.
Acid lift may also occur when bending to grab or lift something.
The dangers of heartburn
Heartburn is not only uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous . Having occasional heartburn is not a drama. Everyone has heartburn from time to time, after eating too much, for example. It is a phenomenon without consequences, annoying at most.
On the other hand, suffering from heartburn frequently can cause some problems.
The most common condition is inflammation of the esophagus . This inflammation results from the constant irritation of the esophagus by gastric acid.
Some people develop Barrett’s esophagus . This disease can appear when the esophagus has to cope with years of constant exposure to stomach acid. The wall of the esophagus is permanently altered.