Can Indigestion Cause Throat Pain?

Yes, indigestion can sometimes cause throat pain or discomfort, particularly if the acid from the stomach refluxes into the esophagus, a condition known as acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

When stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, it can irritate the lining of the esophagus, leading to a sensation commonly known as heartburn or acid reflux. This irritation can extend upward and cause throat pain or a sore throat. Other symptoms associated with acid reflux might include a burning sensation in the chest (heartburn), regurgitation of food or sour liquid, difficulty swallowing, and a persistent cough.

Chronic or frequent episodes of acid reflux can cause inflammation and irritation in the throat, leading to discomfort, pain, or a feeling of a lump or tightness in the throat.

It’s essential to manage indigestion and acid reflux to alleviate throat pain and prevent potential complications. Lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding trigger foods (like spicy or acidic foods), eating smaller meals, avoiding lying down right after eating, and elevating the head of your bed can help reduce symptoms.

Over-the-counter medications like antacids, H2 blockers, or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can also be used to manage acid reflux symptoms. However, if throat pain persists or worsens, or if you experience difficulty swallowing or breathing, it’s important to seek medical advice to rule out any other potential causes and receive proper treatment.