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Posted by Confused on March 05, 2000 at 07:37:18:

Did anyone know that Gerd can cause a wide array of symptoms, i.e. heartburn, pain behind the sternum in the middle of the chest, tightness of esophagus, hoarseness, postnasal drip, pain in the back by the shoulder blades, difficulty swallowing, choking, and ASTHMA - yes asthma. Those commercials for heartburn don't tell everyone just how serious a problem heartburn can turn into. Occassional heartburn (once a month or even once a week) is not too worrisome, but twice a week or more can't indicate that the sufferer has Gerd. A person suffering from Gerd without relief from over the counter medication should seek the advice of their physician. Also, a Gerd sufferer might only have the ASTHMA symptom and not realize that they are experiencing reflux (food being digested in the stomach backing back up into the esophagus and sometimes and high as the trachea - and entering the trachea which is potentially dangerous). I hope this information helps someone who is suffering from a breathing problem that didn't realize this could be the cause. If I've helped anyone, please reply to this. God bless everyone.

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