What Is Silent Reflux?
- Posted on: Apr 11 2016
Acid reflux symptoms typically appear after eating certain foods that are spicy or acidic. Symptoms also occur when belching or when lying flat. The symptoms usually resolve with abstaining from those foods or using antacids.
Silent reflux is a different type of reflux with different symptoms that are easily overlooked or misdiagnosed. Common silent reflux symptoms include cough, hoarseness, consistently feeling like there is a lump in your throat, sore throat and difficulty swallowing. These symptoms can exacerbate other known breathing issues such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Despite the very different symptom presentation, silent reflux can still be serious. Silent reflux can lead to scarring of the throat and vocal cords which puts you at an increased risk for esophageal cancer and worsening of chronic lung problems.
Just like with traditional reflux, your symptoms could improve with weight loss, avoiding foods that cause you discomfort, not lying down for several hours after eating, and sleeping with the head of the bed elevated. If you have any of the symptoms of silent reflux you should talk with your doctor to see what treatment options, including medications, are right for you. Concorde Gastro in New York City is here to answer any questions you may have.
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