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I am experiencing what I think is heartburn. It is directly in my heart. I have had it for 5 days straight and tums did not help. I'm scared, help me!

I am experiencing what I think is heartburn. It is directly in my heart. I have had it for 5 days straight and tums did not help. I'm scared, help me!

Heartburn: How much do you weigh? Any other medical issues? What is your smoking history? How is your diet? Any chest pain? Any history of drug abuse/use? Consult with us to help solve this issue as it can be anything from reflux to something more serious depending on your history. ...Read more

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I've had this squeezing pain in my heart for 24 hours now. I've taken Tums (calcium carbonate) and gasx, no help. It hurts to breathe, lay on left side too. Help?

I've had this squeezing pain in my heart for 24 hours now. I've taken Tums (calcium carbonate) and gasx, no help. It hurts to breathe, lay on left side too. Help?

.: It could most probably be gastritis or costrocondritis (inflammation or ribs). But with you having pain on breathing and on lying onto your side, you better check with a physician to see if the pain is from heart. And you may also need an examination to confirm origin of pain. ...Read more

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Heart chkd out ok had all tests. Chests pains must be my hiatel hernia pain could be brought on by purging? Protonix Pepcid tums not helping what now

Heart chkd out ok had all tests. Chests pains must be my hiatel hernia pain could be brought on by purging? Protonix Pepcid tums not helping what now

Hernia repair: I am not clear about your statement above. And why is there a question mark? Are you saying you engaged in repeated purging bringing on chest pains? Since you are stating that medical treatments are not helpful, the logical next step is to consider surgical repair of the hiatal hernia. Consult a general surgeon or thoracic surgeon.
Or stop purging? ...Read more

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For acid reflux can you overdose by taking Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 4 or 5 times a day I have heart burn and only get temporary relief by taking Tums and Nexium (esomeprazole)

For acid reflux can you overdose by taking Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 4 or 5 times a day I have heart burn and only get temporary relief by taking Tums and Nexium (esomeprazole)

Yes: This is far outside of the normal dosing range and is not recommended or studied at these doses. I would advise you to see your md to hone in further on the source of your severe heartburn. ...Read more

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My husband takes prescription for heart burn and tums (calcium carbonate). Nothing works. Not even a diet. What can he do?

My husband takes prescription for heart burn and tums (calcium carbonate). Nothing works. Not even a diet. What can he do?

GERD: How old is your husband? Heartburn can be caused by gerd, meaning gastroesophageal acid reflux, or angina. He may need to see his doctor if he has other risk factors for heart disease. If it is gerd, he can try omeprazol 20 mg oral once a day. ...Read more

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Tums (calcium carbonate) (calcium) bad for heart? Confused as to whether or not calcium can build up in arteries creating long term cardiac problems.

Tums (calcium carbonate) (calcium) bad for heart? Confused as to whether or not calcium can build up in arteries creating long term cardiac problems.

Calcium: Taking calcium usually does not cause hardening of the arteries or build up of calcium in the blood vessels. This usually occurs for many other reasons including genetic predisposition, high blood fats and cholesterol and other factors. If you have a condition which results in high serum calcium levels you should not take it. ...Read more

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Can you use tums (calcium carbonate) for heart burn when pregnant at 23 weeks?

Can you use tums (calcium carbonate) for heart burn when pregnant at 23 weeks?

Yes: Taking Tums is safe for a pregnant woman at 23 weeks. It may be taken occasionally when you feel heartburn. If you stay within the recommended the Recommended Daily Intake of calcium for pregnant women, you will be in good shape - that comes to no more than 12 and a half tablets of Tums (calcium carbonate) a day, assuming your tablets are 500 mg each. (Confirm your strength.) ...Read more

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When a person has heart burn, how do Tums (calcium carbonate) and alka seltzer help a person feel better?

When a person has heart burn, how do Tums (calcium carbonate) and alka seltzer help a person feel better?

Reduces acid: Heart burn is caused by stomach acid burning the cells in the esophagus. Tums and Alka seltzer contian bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) a base which chemically neutralizes the acid, reducing the burning sensation. ...Read more

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I've tried everything, tums, (calcium carbonate) pepto, anything for heart burn, its a severe pain in the middle of my chest, under my ribs. I'm so scared, help!

I've tried everything, tums, (calcium carbonate) pepto, anything for heart burn, its a severe pain in the middle of my chest, under my ribs. I'm so scared, help!

Chest pain: There are many causes of chest pain, without more information about your situation we can't advise you more than go see your doctor. If your problem is related to acid reflux we often use over the counter ranitidine or Prilosec to help. ...Read more

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Dull, cold chest pain near heart for 20 hours. No other symptoms. Gone after 4 tums (calcium carbonate) and 2 aspirin. Now back. Go to hospital or eat more tums (calcium carbonate)?

Dull, cold chest pain near heart for 20 hours. No other symptoms. Gone after 4 tums (calcium carbonate) and 2 aspirin. Now back. Go to hospital or eat more tums (calcium carbonate)?

Impossible to know: The wisest choice for sure. Pain away from central lower sternum less likely heart & tums (calcium carbonate) relief c/w reflux pain, yet can have multiple events simultaneously, can have angina without showing on blood tests, esp. EKG, & blood test signs (e.g. Troponin I) of heart muscle damage may not show for many hours. Best optimize NMR lipoproteins, HbA1c & Systolic BP, the primary drivers of arterial disease. ...Read more

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Last night my heart burn was so bad I ended up taking 8 tums (calcium carbonate). Today I feel nauseous and my stomach feels hard and hurts. Is this normal?

Last night my heart burn was so bad I ended up taking 8 tums (calcium carbonate). Today I feel nauseous and my stomach feels hard and hurts. Is this normal?

NO: See your PCP or a gastroenterologist. Take a pregnancy test if there is a possibility you may be. You could try some OTC prilosec or Zantac (ranitidine) and see if you get relief. Avoid any alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs until this heals up. ...Read more

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What can you take for heart burn when your pregnant, Tums (calcium carbonate) has caused kidney stones.

What can you take for heart burn when your pregnant, Tums (calcium carbonate) has caused kidney stones.

Heartburn: Usually tums, (calcium carbonate) mylanta, or maalox are generally recommended as safe. Ask your ob/gyn what they suggest and then they will monitor you to ensure your are health and the baby is too. ...Read more

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Abd pain after taking Excedrin yesterday. Tums (calcium carbonate) last nite. Better today but intermittent pain and heart burn. Stools ok. Egd last year norm. Causes?

Abd pain after taking Excedrin yesterday. Tums (calcium carbonate) last nite. Better today but intermittent pain and heart burn. Stools ok. Egd last year norm. Causes?

Abdominal pain: It sounds that you have been stressed out (which can cause increase acidity in the stomach leading to abdominal pain and heart burn) and then you had to take a NSAID for something, which can exacerbate the acidity of the stomach and lead to pain. Try to relax as much as you for the rest of the weekend and find distractors from your stress. Tums OK, add Pepcid (famotidine) for a week. ...Read more

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35 male, 3 EKG's Echo stress and cholestrol fine. Chest pain in left at a single point, heart burn that goes away with tums (calcium carbonate). Heart prob? Out of shape?

35 male, 3 EKG's Echo stress and cholestrol fine. Chest pain in left at a single point, heart burn that goes away with tums (calcium carbonate). Heart prob? Out of shape?

Heart not likely: Chest point tenderness is more likely to be musculoskeletal than heart related and the work-up seems to be reassuring in that regard. You do seem to have symptoms that suggest reflux disease. If overweight, losing weight should help in all departments. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in upper abdominal/rib cage area. Eating causes pain, heart burn, diahrea. Drinking liquids is ok. Have tried mylanta, zantac, (ranitidine) rolaids, tums, pepto...Nothing helps

Hello.: Hello. I cannot diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Many different conditions are possible. Gallstones, cholecystitis, an ulcer, gastritis, heartburn, colitis. You should see your doctor. In the mean time, eat smaller meals, avoid greasy and spicy foods, ensure that you are getting at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day. If you have severe abdominal pain with fever that isn't remitting - please get seen asap. ...Read more

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Little tiny pain as if wind is lodged in left chest near heart. It's 48 hrs now, hasn't improved or become worse with antacid or sleep. What is it?

Go to see MD now: Call your md now and discuss your problem. You should go to see your md to get examined. If you can't be seen by your md- you should probably go to er. You need further evaluation. It could be nothing but muscle pain- however you don't want to miss a heart problem/. If you also has other problems like smokers, diabetes, cholesterol, obesity etc- your risk to have heart problem will be significant. ...Read more

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Took a antacid becore my heart tablets is that alright?

Antacid: Which heart medication (s)?

In general shouldn't be a problem but need to know specifics. ...Read more

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I'm on heart tablets but before I took them I had a antacid is that alright?

Depends on which med: Some heart meds may not be absorbed as well if certain antacids are taken within a couple hours of taking the heart med. Tums, Maalox and Mylanta are the common ones that can do this. The pharmacist can tell you if it's a problem with your meds. Meds for stomach acid like Zantac, (ranitidine) Pepcid, etc usually do not interact with heart meds. ...Read more

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What if your heart rate is 95 at rest? Took gaviscon (antacid)and benedryl earlier for allergy watery eyes. Usaully at 64 at rest and when anxiety is low

What if your heart rate is 95 at rest? Took gaviscon (antacid)and benedryl earlier for allergy watery eyes. Usaully at 64 at rest and when anxiety is low

Heart rate: Normal heart rate is between 60 and 100, and will fluctuate during the day and night for a variety of reasons. If your heart rate is 95 and you have no other symptoms, I wouldn't be concerned, but always check with your provider if you are not feeling normal. ...Read more

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I keep getting this pain in my heart and I don’t know what it is?

I keep getting this pain in my heart and I don’t know what it is?

See your physician: This needs clarification it could be coming from your heart, your chest come in your abdomen, your gallbladder among a variety of locations. That's why you need to see your physician ...Read more

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I got really shaky then I fell don't remember how just relized I was on ground is this my heart?

I got really shaky then I fell don't remember how just relized I was on ground is this my heart?

Syncope: You passed out if you do not remember hitting the ground. Generally requires interruption of circulation to the brain. Could be arrythmias either fast or slow maybe very serious seek urgent medical attention. ...Read more

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What if it isn't 'athletic heart syndrome'?

What if it isn't 'athletic heart syndrome'?

What do you mean?: My heart is big and I have an extra sound on the left-bottom side of my sternum because I'm in training for an endurance swim. This is a good thing. If you're an athlete and can keep up and your physician has said something nice about your heart, and you're having no chest pain or passing out ; are normotensive, then stop worrying and embrace your achievement. ...Read more

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What happens if a heart valve doesn't close all the way?

What happens if a heart valve doesn't close all the way?

If a valve doesn't: Close properly, it will tend to leak. The amount and consequences of leakage can depend on a lot of things, like heart size and function, as well as your blood pressure. for more details, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have heart burn when I don't eat?

I have heart burn when I don't eat?

Not eating: Eating will place food and fluids into the stomach and reduce the ph, the acid effect on the lining. If you secret too much acid, due to stress, stimulant use, smoking, and others, not eating will allow the acid to damage the lining of your stomach, causing pain. You many need medication to reduce the acid, Tums (calcium carbonate) or other calcium based antacid may be sufficient and supply some needed calcium. ...Read more

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