Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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 your chest, behind your breastbone or in your mid-abdomen. In children and some adults, GERD may occur without heartburn. Symptoms may get worse after you eat, bend or lie down. Other symptoms of GERD include:

  • Dry cough
  • Worsening of asthma symptoms
  • Frequent burping
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Odynophagia (pain when swallowing)
  • Bitter taste in your mouth
  • Nausea or vomiting