When most people think of acid reflux, they think of its typical manifestations, such as heartburn and nausea. However, this condition can bring a host of symptoms that aren’t as well known.
What this means for you is that you may suffer from acid reflux without knowing it. If your acid reflux remains undiagnosed and untreated, you may be at risk for several dangerous, long-term health problems.
These health problems include a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, a syndrome where the esophageal lining is unnaturally altered.
People who suffer from acid reflux may also risk developing esophageal cancer and stomach cancer.
This is why it is important to understand the many signs of acid reflux.
Here are some of its unusual symptoms:
Erosion of Dental Enamel
One way acid reflux can manifest itself is through the erosion of your teeth’s enamel. A report by the International Journal of Dentistry states that unexplained tooth decay can signal the presence of “silent” acid reflux. In other words, checking your teeth may give you a heads up on this health problem.
Make sure you schedule regular dentist appointments. If your dentist makes even a passing remark about the enamel on your teeth, follow up with further questions.
Another one of the unusual symptoms of acid reflux is neck pain. In 1999, the American Family Physician released an article stating that 20-60% of people suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease experience symptoms in their head and neck but never experience the classic symptom of heartburn.
Additionally, the article listed a number of other symptoms you may experience around the throat area:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sensation of a lump in the throat
- Sore throat
- Chronic cough
If you experience any of these symptoms in addition to your neck pain, you have an increased need for acid reflux testing.
You may be surprised to learn that your acid reflux can cause heart palpitations. These irregularities may point to underlying digestive issues. However, do not delay seeking medical attention if you do experience this symptom. Heart problems, not acid reflux, may be the cause. Contact your doctor immediately.
According to one study, acid reflux disease may also increase the likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation. This is a serious heart condition that can increase your risk of heart failure and stroke. Don’t ignore heart palpitations. Your acid reflux may lead to more serious heart problems later.
Cold-like symptoms can also be a signal of a deeper problem. Postnasal drip and sinus infections are yet another one of the unusual symptoms of acid reflux. If you feel that your nose is constantly draining or if you show signs of sinus problems, it may be time to schedule a doctor’s appointment.
Burping and hiccups aren’t always things to be concerned about. However, these behaviors can sometimes be indicative of GERD. Notice the frequency of your burps. You may have acid reflux disease, especially if belching is accompanied by these symptoms:
- Your burp contains fluid.
- You regurgitate some of your food after a meal.
- You feel nauseous.
- Your stomach feels bloated.
After reading these symptoms, you may determine that you need to test for acid reflux disease. However, you need to be wary of the treatment course your traditional doctor is likely to prescribe. Many times, a doctor will prescribe a type of medication called a Proton Pump Inhibitor. However, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) have dangerous side effects. Some of these PPI risks include dementia, heart attacks, and kidney damage.
You don’t have to resort to medication to cure your acid reflux.
Contact us today to join the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.