What Do Your Symptoms Mean?

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What Do Your Symptoms Mean? 
Knowing what the symptoms of GERD, hiatal hernias, para-esophageal hernias, and peptic ulcers can give you a starting point for discussion with your doctor about any concerns you have about a possible digestive problem.

Could That Burning Sensation in Your Throat be GERD?
There can be several causes of a burning sensation in the throat, such as a sore throat or inflammation of the adenoids.

A more common cause of this burning sensation is Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

What’s Causing That Sour Taste in Your Mouth?
What causes sour taste in the mouth, and how?

Is Your Chest Pain Due to Acid Reflux?
A heart attack is most often thought of when someone experiences chest pain, but some digestive disorders can cause chest pain. One cause is acid reflux. How?

Symptoms of GERD in Adults 
Heartburn and acid regurgitation are the main symptoms GERD, though some people have GERD without heartburn. To learn the symptoms of heartburn, check out the article on symptoms of heartburn. Please read this article on GERD symptoms in adults for other symptoms that can occur with GERD.

Symptoms of Gastro Reflux in Infants
Reflux occurs often in normal infants. More than half of all babies experience reflux in the first 3 months of life. Reflux can become a more serious concern in some infants, when medical attention is needed, and knowing the symptoms of chronic reflux is important.

You can read this article to learn what the common infant GERD symptoms are

Symptoms of Gastro Reflux in Children
Some of the symptoms that adults with GERD suffer are similar to those in children. If your child experiences any of the symptoms of acid reflux listed in this article, medical attention is needed.

Symptoms of Gastro Reflux in Teens
As with children, teens may experience many of the same symptoms as adults with GERD do. If your teen experiences any of the symptoms of acid reflux listed in this article, medical attention is needed.

What Causes Difficulty Swallowing?

Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) occurs when food does not pass normally from the mouth through the esophagus to the stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may lead to difficulty swallowing.

What Can Cause A Persistent Cough?
In some studies, GERD accounted for about nearly half of cases of persistent cough in nonsmoking patients. It can even affect asthma.

6 Ways to Know if You're Suffering From GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and stomach contents reflux back up into the esophagus. Knowing the symptoms can help you receive a diagnosis and treatment sooner.

What Does Heartburn Feel Like?
These are the most commonly experienced symptoms of heartburn.

17 Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia
50 percent of hiatal hernia patients don't experience any symptoms. For the other 50 percent of patients, the following symptoms may occur.

Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer
Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the esophagus. It is important to know what the symptoms are for this type of cancer.

Symptoms of Peptic Ulcers
It is important to learn the symptoms of a peptic ulcer in order to quickly receive needed diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms of Gastritis
Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining. Knowing the symptoms of gastritis will help you receive the needed diagnosis and treatment sooner.

Symptoms of Gastroparesis
Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. Knowing the symptoms can help you receive diagnosis and treatment earlier.

Symptoms of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome (ZES) is a rare disorder that causes one or more tumors to form in the pancreas or the upper part of the small intestine called the duodenum. It is important to know the symptoms.

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Diagnostic Tests

Heartburn that occurs two or more times a week should be evaluated by a doctor to determine what's causing the problem. The doctor will use specific diagnostic tests to determine if your heartburn is something more serious such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  • Upper Endoscopy
    The upper endoscopy allows the doctor to examine the inside of the patient's esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) with an instrument called an endoscope, a thin flexible lighted tube.
  • Barium X-rays
    Barium x-rays, also known as barium swallow, are diagnostic x-rays in which barium is used to diagnose abnormalities of the digestive tract. The patient drinks a chalky colored liquid that contains barium. It coats the walls of the esophagus and stomach, and is visible on x-rays. A person reading the x-ray can then see if there are strictures, ulcers, hiatal hernias, any erosion or other abnormalities.
  • PH Monitor Test
    The pH procedure is done with a thin, plastic tube with a sensor that measures the amount of acid backing up into the esophagus. This procedure is often done when GERD symptoms are present but an endoscope exam doesn't detect any evidence of reflux disease. The pH test measures how often and for how long stomach acid enters the esophagus, and how well it clears the esophagus.
  • Esophageal Manometry
    Esophageal manometry is a diagnostic test for determining how well the muscles of the esophagus contract.

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Diagnosing GERD

Chronic heartburn may be an indication of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. If heartburn occurs two or more times per week, a doctor can use one of several methods to determine a diagnosis.

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