Think Heartburn Means Acid Reflux? Think Again!
This website, that goes along with our book: DROPPING ACID: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure, has a poll. After a year, almost 9,000 people have responded, and the results are surprising.
THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE REFLUX? Which symptom(s) do you have?
Post-nasal drip 14.1% 1,231
Chronic throat clearing 14.1% 1,212
Hoarseness 12.1% 1,039
Sensation of a lump in the throat 13.0% 1,119
Heartburn 11.2% 969
Sore throat 11.1% 957
Chronic cough 9.0% 779
Difficulty Swallowing 8.3% 717
Choking episodes 7.0% 599
Total Votes: 8,822 as of January 9, 2012
Heartburn (chest pain after eating) may not be the most common symptom of acid reflux. We polled thousands of people on this website and found that postnasal drip, chronic throat clearing, hoarseness, and a lump-in-the-throat sensation scored higher than heartburn. We now recognize that airway reflux (involving the nose, throat, sinuses, and lungs) may be more important than esophageal reflux, so-called GERD. The symptoms? See above … AIRWAY REFLUX WINS!
P.S. If you want to vote, go ahead; the poll is right over here →