Gas and bloating can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but could they also be signs of another health problem? Possibly. While eating certain foods is the most common cause of gas in most people, there may be a connection with acid reflux (GERD), as well.
What is GERD?
When the ring of muscles, called the lower esophageal sphincter, weaken over time, the valve may not close all the way or open too frequently, allowing acid to reflux into the esophagus. Individuals can also develop hiatal hernias, which can cause chronic inflammation and pain in the esophagus.
Symptoms of GERD
- Burning in throat or sore throat
- Chest pain
- Gas and bloating
- Difficulty swallowing
- Dry cough
- Regurgitation of food or stomach acid
- Sensation of a lump in throat
Lifestyle changes to help relieve gas and bloating
- Limit carbonated beverages
- Eat smaller meals
- Eliminating trigger foods from diet
- Managing stress levels
The most important step you can take to help you manage your symptoms is speaking to your doctor. Although there may be a connection between GERD and excess gas in your stomach, there may be a different cause altogether. If you do have GERD, treatment should not be delayed.