Anyone who has ever suffered through GERD symptoms will know that they go beyond a mere annoyance. Some people experience symptoms which are relatively mild while others have what they classify as excruciating pain. However, even though GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) originates in the stomach, most often the severest of symptoms are in the throat. Sometimes it is simply referred to as heartburn, but the actual condition doctors refer to as GERD is much more severe than a simple case of heartburn or acid reflux.
In some cases of GERD symptoms throat pain is quite severe and over time can also develop into other diseases as a result of ongoing acidic reflux. But in the beginning, GERD symptoms may be mild enough to simply be written off as indigestion. The reason for this ‘self misdiagnosis’ is clear because of how GERD presents. Food that is eaten is supposed to pass through the throat, through the stomach and on through the digestive tract. With GERD, there is a breakdown in a ring of muscles that are meant to prevent food from regurgitating back up into the esophagus and throat.
Because of all the acidity in the contents of the stomach, GERD symptoms throat discomfort is quite common. Unfortunately, although GERD symptoms throat relief is available for temporary relief, the most severe cases of GERD can cause permanent damage to the esophagus over time. If you have been experiencing symptoms that mimic heartburn more often than would be probable with simple heartburn, it is suggested that you speak with your physician at the earliest possible opportunity.
It is suggested that you try to control GERD symptoms with intelligent lifestyle choices. For example, foods that are overly acidic will just tend to exacerbate the problem if you are having a particularly troublesome bout. Also, GERD symptoms women experience when pregnant can actually prove to worsen the ‘morning sickness’ that is part and parcel of a normal pregnancy. If you are unsuccessful in reducing or eliminating GERD symptoms with pharmaceuticals, naturopathic antacids or lifestyle changes, surgery may be a viable option. Some physicians can perform an endoscopic procedure if the symptoms are not too severe while there may be times when major surgery is required. In any case, getting an accurate diagnosis of GERD is of primary importance before assuming this is what you are suffering from. Just as some symptoms mimic GERD, so too can GERD symptoms mimic other, more serious, diseases.