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Can GERD also cause gas, bloating, cramps and diarrhea?

 

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause a large variety of symptoms, including nausea, heartburn (burning pain behind the sternum), squeezing chest pain, hoarseness, sore throat, regurgitation of food, pain in the upper abdomen, wheezing, excessive saliva production, swallowing difficulty and coughing. It is sometimes associated with burping (burping makes you more likely to have reflux).

Aside from its association with burping, GERD isn't directly associated with any other gas-related symptoms, such as bloating, passing gas (flatulence) or cramps. Diarrhea, likewise, is not a common symptom of GERD. Even though these symptoms aren't caused by GERD, they can be a side effect of GERD treatment. Strong antacid medicines such as omeprazole (Prilosec) and other drugs in its group may cause these lower digestive symptoms.

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