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iVillage: 10 Hidden Causes of Pain

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Acid Reflux

Where does it hurt? Your throat

Why? Having acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) exposes your throat to irritating stomach acid. If you experience acid reflux during the night, it may explain a morning sore throat.

How to avoid it? To prevent acid reflux, cut back on fatty foods, coffee, tea, chocolate, peppermint, carbonated drinks and alcohol; eat more frequent, smaller meals; don’t eat two to three hours before bedtime; if you smoke, quit; and, if possible, elevate the head of your bed four to six inches so that you’re slightly upright during sleep.

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