15 Management and Treatment Options for Heartburn
Heartburn is a misnomer as it is not exactly a disease itself. It should be more classified as a symptom of another condition. This condition has many names.
It could be called Acid Reflux, Gastric Reflux Disease, GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Essentially each of these names equates to the same medical conditions. They all have the same symptoms which includes Heartburn.
Acid Reflux is a condition that hundreds of thousands around the world suffer from.
Other Symptoms Include:
– Chest discomfort
– Stomach discomfort
– Chronic Chest pain
– Difficulty breathing
– Asthma-like symptoms
– Regurgitation of food and occasionally water
– and a few others
There are a number of different causes including:
– A bacteria called H.pylori
– Hiatal Hernias
– Medical conditions
– Stomach ulcers
– and others
If you are having symptoms – you are certainly not alone.
Management and Treatment are important things to understand. They may seem basic – but if you skip out on one or two….you will pay the consequences. Improvement may not be seen immediately in all cases. But take a look and see if you can find something new.
Management and Treatment
1.) Avoid eating foods that affect you and worsen your symptoms.
2.) Avoid eating foods late at night.
3.) Weight loss can help prevent pressure onto stomach worsening symptoms.
4.) Moderate exercise may improve symptoms.
5.) Vigorous exercise can worsen symptoms.
6.) Smoking can worsen symptoms
7.) Alcohol consumption can worsen symptoms
8.) Foods that have been implicated include: coffee, alcohol, chocolate, fatty foods, acidic foods, and spicy foods, some fruits, fruit juices, and more.
9.) Symptoms can be worse at night
10.) Use pillow at night to elevate head or chest to avoid acid from going from stomach to esophagus
11.) Sleep in a reclining chair if symptoms are bad enough
12.) Antacid tabs provide immediate relief.
13.) Eat smaller and more frequent meals
14.) Avoid large meals
15.) Some people see temporary relief with foods such as milk, water, salt, nuts, and other items
Treatment for Acid Reflux
*** On a last note – there are many medications that can help. These are medications that can be prescribed or found OTC at any grocery store or pharmacy. Learn more about each.
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