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Though heartburn, or acid reflux, is the most
common gastrointestinal symptom, there are many other issues that might not be
associated with a digestive disorder. Reflux disease is known as a “great
masquerader” because many people do not have the typical symptoms linked to
reflux, such as heartburn and regurgitation. Whether it’s occasional
constipation or a lingering lump in the throat, there are many symptoms that
can progress to serious illnesses, such as GERD, Barrett’s esophagus and even
esophageal cancer, if left untreated. However, early diagnosis, treatment and
prevention are possible if you pay attention to the signs. Here are some common
symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored, yet aren’t always associated with a GI
issue, such as:
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