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A 19-year-old member asked:

My husband says he has heartburn often but says that after feeling burn in his chest it goes up his throat and head and eyes start aching. is this nor?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Yes and no: It's common for reflux into the esophagus to produce referred pain elsewhere, especially the eyes -- those who haven't experienced this may have experienced "brain freeze" from an ice cube stuck halfway down. However, your husband shouldn't have to experience this -- such severe reflux needs to be investigated, probably by endoscopy.
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Dr. Ehsan Sadri
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Normal: His symptoms are consistent with gerd or gastric reflux. It can present with many of the symptoms described. Treatment is typically anti-acids, proton pump inhibitors.
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Maybe: Your description sounds like acid reflux but it should be evaluated by a regular doctor. Reflux typically does not cause headache or eye discomfort so you may also want to see an eye doctor if these symptoms persist.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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