Symptoms

Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Frequent heartburn (acid indigestion) is the most common symptom of GERD. It may be a burning pain or ache in the lower part of the middle of the chest, behind the breastbone or in the mid-abdomen. In children and some adults, GERD may occur without heartburn, but may have other symptoms, such as:

  • Dry cough
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Frequent burping
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Odynophagia (pain when swallowing)
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Symptoms get worse after eating, bending or lying down