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Is Chronic Heartburn A Sign Of Other Problems?

Apr 19, 2008
Chronic heartburn is diagnosed if and when the patient suffers from heartburn three or more times a week for a period of two to three weeks. If you are suffering from heartburn take a look at your diet , has it recently altered greatly, has there been an increase in the consumption of alcohol, high stress levels or have you been taking strong medications over this period of time.

If a substantial change has occurred, chronic heartburn is likely to be confirmed, however, if your diet or other aspects of your lifestyle has not changed, it could be a sign of other medical problems. It is important that you be aware of the circumstances as if you are using self-treatment to combat chronic heartburn you may be disguising the symptoms of more serious problems

Usually, heartburn is caused by the contents in the stomach being forced back into the esophagus, causing the acid in the stomach to irritate its sensitive lining. There are many causes of this such as: - gastrointestinal reflux, - a hiatal hernia - or a blockage in the stomach. When a patient suffers from chronic heartburn it is necessary to check with a doctor to rule out any of these major problems.

Usually, when a person suffers from heartburn, it is quite normal if there has been a dietary change causing inconsistency or they eat or drink something that is high in acidic content, thus causing the digestive system to work overtime producing excessive acid. In these cases and over the counter medication will usually work quelling the burning sensation, which will disappear once the substance has been processed. However, if the heart burn continues for several days at a time over a week or two, it is likely that chronic heartburn may be diagnosed and treated with prescription medications.

Quenching The Burning Sensation In The Belly

For sufferers of chronic heartburn, they are also at risk for developing ulcers in the oesophagus as well as in the stomach. Quite often it is the result of the stomach being tricked into thinking more acid is needed to help with the digestive process that exacerbates the situation. Many believe falsely that drinking milk as a diluting substance can calm an acid stomach when in reality milk may actually promote the stomach's acid pumps to produce more owing to the added content in the stomach.

Sufferers of chronic heartburn will need to change their lifestyle to help eliminate the problem. This usually requires a change of diet (ie. staying away from rich fatty foods that require a lot of digestion and sticking to more fresh fruit and vegetables that are much easier to digest). If the doctor determines that the heartburn is being caused by prescription medication, he or she is likely to alter the dosage of the medication or change to another type if one is available. The patient may also be prescribed anti-acid medicine to help the offending medication to be accepted by the patients body and the side effects disappear.

Acid indigestion, another name for heartburn, can be an extremely uncomfortable feeling. Unfortunately, it can also induce similar symptoms to a heart attack, therefore should never be ignored. When you are suffering from chronic heartburn, getting help from a doctor is important to prevent any additional damage to the esophagus or to learn if it is hiding another, potentially more dangerous condition.

Your health is important and therefore you should act swiftly to determine what the problem is, what causes the problem and what needs to be done to cure the problem before it gets worse, but why suffer at all when with a little thought and planning of preventative action this discomfort can be completely avoided and thus other complications associated with it will never arise..
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