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Sometimes gastroesophageal reflux occurs by itself but it is also common for reflux symptoms to be packaged with other symptoms and conditions. You probably have the typical reflux symptoms such as heartburn, a bad taste in the mouth, the sensation of food coming up your throat and burping. You may have some additional symptoms that are worrisome and interfere with your day to day functioning.
What should you do if you have gastroesophageal reflux and other worrisome symptoms? First, it is important to report these symptoms to the doctor or your medical team. The symptoms may be related to your condition or a side effect of your medical treatment. It is possible to have gastroesophageal reflux and another medical condition. Unfortunately, it may take some additional visits to the doctor and testing to figure out how to manage and treat the symptoms.
For instance, you may have reflux and one or more of these symptoms:
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