GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease, or chronic acid reflux is a condition in which acid-containing contents in your stomach persistently leak back up into your esophagus, the tube from your throat to your stomach. Acid backwash then flows back up through your esophagus into your throat and mouth, giving you a sour taste. Acid reflux happens to nearly everyone at some point in life. Having acid reflux and heartburn now and then is totally normal. Your GERD should be treated by your healthcare provider. Not just to relieve your symptoms, but because GERD can lead to more serious problems.
Dysphagia is when you have difficulty swallowing. You may experience this if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD. Dysphagia may occur occasionally or on a more regular basis. The frequency depends on the severity of your reflux and your treatment. Chronic reflux of stomach acids into your esophagus can irritate your throat. In severe cases, it can cause dysphagia.
The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects your mouth and your stomach. Rings of muscle sphincters in the upper and lower portions contract and relax to allow food and liquid to pass. Difficulty swallowing dysphagia means it takes more time and effort to move food or liquid from your mouth to your stomach. Dysphagia may also be associated with pain. In some cases, swallowing may be impossible.