How to Know If You Have Acid Reflux
You may wonder how to know if
you have acid reflux. The only way you can absolutely know for sure is to have a medical testing done to
demonstrate the reflux is indeed present. However, if you have some particular symptoms is much more likely
that reflux is present.
The most common and obvious symptom is a burning discomfort in the lower chest or upper
abdomen. When it's mild people often refer to it as "heartburn" because it's a burning sensation in the
Some people may have a more vague sense of indigestion or "gas".
An unusual symptom that may indicate acid reflux is coughing or sore throat. This happens
in cases where the reflux is sold severe that backs up all the way to the throat. Some people may even notice an
If the symptoms occur after meals, especially meals that contain foods that trigger acid reflux
many people such as tomato sauce, it's even more likely that acid reflux is present. Symptoms can also be
aggravated by lying down because when a person does so it's easier for the acid to spell out into the
You have to keep in mind however that several different diseases can cause symptoms that seem
very much alike. In particular gallbladder disease and heart disease can both cause symptoms that can be very
difficult to differentiate from acid reflux and GERD. Because of this if symptoms persist for any amount of time at
all it's a good idea to seek out medical evaluation.