Gastroesophageal reflux disease is most definitely not a matter to be discussed lightly, but it is hard to understand unless you know the particulars involved in the condition. Uncomplicated GERD has a few very uncomfortable and very understandable symptoms that happen to the inflicted person. By learning a little bit about uncomplicated gastroesophageal reflux disease you can spot the symptoms when they start on you and get medication to ease the discomfort as soon as possible.
Heartburn- Nerve fibers in the esophagus are stimulated by the acid refluxed in the system by GERD. Some feel heartburn right over or directly around the heart, hence the name, but others may feel it clear up to the neck. It is generally a sharp, burning, or pressured pain that causes many to suspect that they are having heart troubles instead of the symptoms of GERD. Most who suffer from the heartburn related to acid reflux will experience pain over an extended period of time and then have a break from the pain for a while, instead of having the pain everyday on a regular cycle.
Regurgitation- With regurgitation in the acid reflux condition you will taste a little bit of the refluxed liquid in the back of your mouth. Most of the liquid is in very small amounts that never reach past the lower esophagus, although with some extreme cases certain individuals will regurgitate a large amount of liquid with some food mixed in. The upper esophageal sphincter is a large muscular ring that prevents esophageal contents from backing up into the throat. While some may actually taste a large quantity of liquid in the mouth, most will taste just a small enough amount to give a nasty flavor.
Nausea- Almost every person suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease will not suffer from nausea or vomiting, but it does occur in a small amount of cases. Most patients will suffer from nausea OR heartburn but most don’t suffer from both at the same time. This has not been confirmed or understood by doctors at this point, but it does seem to be a common fact.