Acid reflux is a newer term for something that has been ailing people for many years. Some people still refer to this condition as chronic or severe heartburn but the medical community has named it appropriately. There are three main acid reflux symptoms. The first and most common symptom is frequent heartburn. Heartburn occurs when there is an excess of stomach acid present. Heartburn is named such because it actually causes a burning sensation due to the stomach acid burning the upper digestive tract and the esophagus. While heartburn is one of the main acid reflux symptoms, it does not always indicate acid reflux disease. Everyone can become afflicted with heartburn from time to time as a result of eating spicy food or foods that do not agree with them but when it becomes a constant problem, acid reflux may be diagnosed.
With acid reflux disease there are some cases in which the burning actually extends all the way into the throat and nasal passage. This brings us to our next common symptom and that is regurgitation of acid. This symptom most often occurs during the night while the afflicted sleeps but can happen at anytime. It is marked by the sudden rush of stomach acid into the throat and even out through the nose. It is very painful and burns quite badly when it happens. If you are experiencing this symptom, there is no way you will be unaware of it.
The third of the main acid reflux symptoms is overall stomach discomfort and bloating after eating. While anyone can develop stomach upset after a large meal, people suffering with acid reflux will generally experience this more often than not. Burping, nausea and upper abdominal bloating and discomfort that occur frequently could be a symptom of acid reflux. If you have any of these symptoms more often than once or twice a week then you may want to see your doctor about the possibility of acid reflux disease.