Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Symptoms
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, otherwise known as GERD, affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the muscle between the esophagus and stomach. The most common symptoms of GERD include heartburn and acid indigestion.
Is GERD the Same Thing as Acid Reflux or Heartburn?
Though many people use the terms acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD interchangeably, they are three different things. Acid reflux can occur because the LES is weak, causing acid to move back up into your esophagus. GERD is the chronic form of acid reflux.
Heartburn is a symptom of GERD. It occurs when the acid in your esophagus causes a burning sensation.
What Are the Symptoms of GERD in Adults?
Symptoms in adults include:
- Bad breath
- Damage to your teeth from the acid
- Heartburn and chest pain
- Trouble swallowing
- Persistent cough
What Are the Symptoms of GERD in Infants?
Infants have different symptoms. They can include:
- Trouble eating, choking and spitting up during and after meals
- Fussiness after meals and burping
- Not gaining weight
- Not eating
- Trouble breathing