Acid reflux is a common condition caused by stomach acid, and the symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation and dyspepsia, says WebMD. Dyspepsia is a term for a syndrome that involves stomach pain. Symptoms of dyspepsia are burping, nausea after eating, bloating and upper abdominal pain.
Heartburn, or acid indigestion, is described as a burning pain in the stomach that moves up into the chest and sometimes the throat. Heartburn does not affect the heart, despite the name, explains WebMD. Regurgitation is the sensation of acid coming up through the throat or mouth. It can create a sour or bitter taste and result in a "wet burp" or vomit in extreme cases.
Acid reflux is rarely serious, but it is still important to not ignore the signs. Any of these symptoms can indicate that acid has inflamed the esophagus, which may result in bleeding or damage to the esophagus. Simple life style changes and over-the counter antacids are usually enough to treat mild acid reflux. Symptoms are most likely to occur after eating a large meal, while bending over or lifting an object or while lying down.
More than 60 million people in the United States experience symptoms of acid reflux at least once a month.