11 Weird Signs You Have Acid Reflux That Aren't Just Heartburn

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If you suffer from heartburn, you know how acid reflux can be no fun, but gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux, can also cause a number of symptoms. You might not even realize it, but you could be exhibiting some weird signs you have acid reflux. Acid reflux is common, but its symptoms aren't always as obvious, which makes it easy to mistake it for another health issue.

Over three million people a year get diagnosed with acid reflux, according to the Mayo Clinic, but lifestyle changes can often help with the issue. "Lifestyle factors are to blame for most cases of acid reflux," Brunilda Nazario, M.D., board-certified internist, endocrinologist and associate medical director at WebMD, tells Bustle. "When heartburn happens [...] smoking, alcohol, or foods cause a valve-like stomach muscle to loosen, allowing stomach acid to backwash into the esophagus. This exposes sensitive tissue in the chest to stomach acids, causing painful symptoms."

Left untreated, acid reflux can cause bigger issues such as an increased risk of esophagus cancer, according to the American Cancer Society — though they note that if you have GERD, it doesn't guarantee that you will develop this type of cancer. Still, it's important to keep your GERD at bay.

Here are 11 weird signs that you might have acid reflux.

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