A bitter taste in the mouth, a chronic cough, sore throat, fatigue ... if you're waking every morning with these symptoms of nighttime heartburn, you want relief.
Millions experience heartburn and the more serious condition gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) daily. And research shows that nighttime heartburn affects nearly four out of five of heartburn sufferers -- disturbing sleep and impairing their ability to function the next day.
Barrett's esophagus is a serious complication of GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. In Barrett's esophagus, normal tissue lining the esophagus -- the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach -- changes to tissue that resembles the lining of the intestine. About 10% of people with chronic symptoms of GERD develop Barrett's esophagus.
Barrett's esophagus does not have any specific symptoms, although patients with Barrett's esophagus may have symptoms related to GERD...
SOURCES: American Gastroenterological Association: "Nighttime Heartburn." WebMD Feature: "Tips for Sleep Without Heartburn." WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Heartburn - Prevention." WebMD: The Magazine Feature: "Severe Heartburn? It May Be GERD." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Digestive Diseases: Preventing and Managing Heartburn."