fatty-foodsYou may think that since most people will have some sort of acid reflux in their lifetime that it would be pretty easy to uncover if you have it. Wrong! I know you may not think that it’s that big of a deal, but it is! Untreated, acid reflux could lead to Barrett’s esophagus, which is almost if not as bad as cancer. I don’t want you to get it and I know you don’t either. So, you may be wondering “Dana, how do I know if I have acid reflux?”. Glad you asked. Here are the tell-tell signs that you have acid reflux.

Chest pain

You may experience some sort of chest pain that is quite uncomfortable or the worst pain in your life that you think you’re having a heart attack. Both are very possible if you have some sort of heartburn or acid reflux. This is because your stomach acid is splashing up into your esophagus. Doesn’t sound that great, does it? That’s because it’s acid going into your esophagus. Please don’t take this lightly and go see your doctor.

Your pain gets worse when you lay down

You may be having some sort of chest pain as we mentioned before and decided to lay down. You hopes might have been that the pain would lessen, but if it gets worse then you have a very high chance of having acid reflux. The worsening of the pain is due to the fact that your stomach acid will go more towards your esophagus and cause more pain.

Post-meal pain

You just ate a big meal. It was delicious and you feel quite satisfied. Well, that was until you started to experience some severe pain. This could be due to the simple fact that when you eat a big meal and your stomach starts to get filled there’s only one way for the food to go. That one way is up and that means heartburn. The easiest way to prevent this is to eat smaller meals and eat less greasy or fatty foods. Plus, this will just help your overall health

Bitter taste in your mouth

Sometimes when you have acid reflux you’ll receiver a bitter taste in your mouth. This is from your stomach acid and is quite unpleasant. This will especially happen at night due to gravity and your stomach acid going towards your mouth. The bitter taste can get worse then just a taste. There’s a possibility of chocking in severe cases. As before, you should see your doctor if you notice this as well.

Sore throat

A sore throat is a classic when it comes to knowing if you have acid reflux. As you might have guessed, it’s due to the same thing as the others. Your stomach acid is the culprit. This tends to happen after meals and can be unpleasant.

Coughing

Chronic coughing is quite regular in people who have heartburn. This happens because your stomach acid may be getting into your lungs, causing you to cough. This can also give you some sort of breathing difficulties after eating. If this occurs see your doctor to get a pH test to see what exactly is going on.

 

If you experience any of these things you could possible have heartburn or acid reflux. If you suspect you do please go see your doctor to see what the problem is and how you can help prevent or treat it. If you do, I hope the best and that you can find the root and get it resolved.