There are many severe GERD symptoms which can develop into full blown GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and you might never know…unless you understand the symptoms.
For starters, you should be aware that heartburn is the number one symptom of GERD and occurs in over 35% of all Americans monthly!
Patients also report severe GERD symptoms like throat problems, earaches, dysfunctional swallowing, and coughing. These problems can sometimes occur in asthmatics and can even cause asthma symptoms to worsen.
What’s another symptom of severe GERD? Well, ask yourself this simple question, do your teeth hurt constantly? Because stomach acid is the main antagonist of GERD; tooth decay, gingivitis, and common tooth aches are all very frequent in people with GERD.
Along with tooth aches and heartburn, nausea is another GERD symptom. Although nausea is a symptom, it is not usually the main sign of GERD due to its generality, and so there is no need to be jumping to conclusions just because you may suffer from nausea.
One easy way to find out about the cause of your nausea would be to simply go to your doctor or physician. They can help you to discover the source of your nausea. Also, although uncommon, GERD is usually one of the first diseases suspected of unexplained vomiting. Be sure to check with your physician if you experience unexplained vomiting.
Severe GERD symptoms can also include a more serious group. These symptoms consist of esophageal ulcers or esophagitis.
Gradual progressive dysphasia (the inability to swallow) of solid foods is a severe symptom of GERD. If you begin to experience difficulty swallowing food it is very important that you see your healthcare provider and get a consultation to review your symptoms and see if you have developed GERD. Your symptoms could be serious.
The final main symptom of GERD is regurgitation. Regurgitation, the reflux of liquid into the mouth, is extremely common. This occurs when the acidic backup from your stomach works it way back into the esophagus resulting in a sour taste or burning in your throat. This is usually a very unpleasant symptom but it is also one of the key indicators of GERD, especially if you just enjoyed a large, spicy, or quickly consumed meal.
All of these symptoms are important factors in order to decide if you do or do not have GERD. Look out for a combination of any of these severe GERD symptoms because if they go untreated, the disease could cause long term damage.