Heartburn is one of the most recognized symptoms of acid reflux. The general public uses the terms interchangeably, but heartburn is actually the sensation, and acid reflux is the condition.
Heartburn is characterized as a burning pain the chest. It usually gets worse when bending over, laying flat or eating food. It is oftentimes worse at night, but the discomfort can be remedied with antacids. Acid reflux is the most common cause of heartburn.
While it’s the most common, heartburn is only one of the symptoms of acid reflux. Many acid reflux sufferers experience these other signs:
- Regurgitation—a sour/bitter tasting acid leaks up into your throat
- Burping, bloating or belching
- Constant hiccups
- Weight loss for no reason
- Wheezing, dry cough or sore throat
- Black, bloody stools or vomiting
- Dental erosion
- Dysphagia—difficulty swallowing
For people experiencing these symptoms, Florida Hospital specialists can help create a treatment plan and specialized diet that alleviates your discomfort and prevents the symptoms from becoming a serious medical problem.