Taking antacids: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

This will often cause the stomach to secrete less acid, thereby fixing the problem. Stomach acid also keeps yeast and bacteria in check – this is why antacids can often cause small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

It’s just like any other chronic disease. I just wish I had learned earlier that heartburn is not something you have to live with, that treatments and lifestyle changes exist that can help. Good luck to all of you who are still struggling.

Coffee in and of itself is not as acidic as people believe. But, explains Stern, the neurological effect caffeine has on the body can increase reflux symptoms. Nicotine has the same effect. He also advises avoiding food that relaxes the flap that covers your stomach and keeps acid out of your esophagus. Foods that do this include alcohol, chocolate and caffeinated beverages like coffee.

See how the acid in your stomach plays a ginormous role in your overall health? Therefore, taking antacids can result in a host of health issues (with a huge medical bill). See how, as we age, the incidence of heartburn and reflux diseases RISES as stomach acid levels PLUMMET. You can also take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) if you keep getting heartburn.

I mean I’m not saying I’m the only one, but sometimes it worries me, like I wonder if it’s gonna hurt me somehow, and not a lot of people understand what it is. They say “oh ya, GERD is just heartburn, no big deal” but to me, it is. Like others I had stomach ache as a child, heartburn in pregnancy and a ‘delicate stomach’ thereafter. My baby daughter was diagnosed as lactose intolerant, and I thought I might be too, so cut out the dairy.

Hi, Matthew. This is probably a question that you should ask your doctor because he or she can tell you exactly why your stomach is burning (if you don’t already know). The doctor will be able to advise you about the best diet for your specific health disorder. You need to discuss your symptoms with your physician and follow their instructions for dealing with your problem. If these instructions don’t solve your problem, you need to see your doctor again or visit another one.

Heartburn, as well as an acidic stomach due to eating too much spicy food, can be relieved by taking an antacid. The antacid is alkaline/basic and helps neutralize the stomach’s acidic environment. You may have used medicine to ease your heartburn via the process of neutralization. Have you ever had a burning feeling in your stomach after eating too much spicy food?

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You can take these whenever you get symptoms. If you’re taking a stronger medicine prescribed by your doctor, you might need to take it a couple of times a day, for a set period of time.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Acid Reflux (GER & GERD) in Adults Accessed 8/15/2016.

The New York Times

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But there is simply no conclusive evidence in favor of any given person’s favorite diet being that diet. And the inconclusive evidence that does exist is much weaker than most people seem to think that it is.

I wake in the middle of the night choking on reflux. I endure heartburn, bloating, not being able to wear tight clothes, sore throat and occasionally a burnt tongue.

When I was 28, I was diagnosed with GERD. I had excruciating stomach pains and went to see a doctor. I am now 43 and had not had any symptoms or issues with heartburn or any other symptom associated with GERD again until 9 months ago.

I have had symptoms like this for several years and within the last year I feel like I am in constant pain. I found out 3 weeks ago that I have Barrett’s Esophagus, my mother and 4 of her sisters/brother have Barrett’s or GERD, my grandfather died of esophageal cancer.

Do you know what it feels like to have a 50lb weight on your chest? What it feels like when your stomach has spasms for over 30 minutes? Heart palpitations that feel like they will never stop?

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