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How come I have heartburn every day for four years?

How come I have heartburn every day for four years?

I've ha heartburn: Every day for 26 years. Meds help, and i'm religious with them. I also need Tums (calcium carbonate) at night due to a nasty hiatal hernia. Please see your doctor. There are many available treatments. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...Read more


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Why can u only do heartburn 14-day treatment every four months?

Why can u only do heartburn 14-day treatment every four months?

OTC: Those are the instructions on the OTC meds so that people don't get on the meds for long term without seeing their doctor. That could mask a more serious problem and delay getting help until the issue is much more serious. If you need heartburn treatment more than 14 days it is a good idea to consult with a GI specialist. ...Read more

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8 year old daughter complaining of heartburn almost every other day for 3 weeks. Has diarrhea. These are only symptoms. Could it be reflux? What else?

8 year old daughter complaining of heartburn almost every other day for 3 weeks. Has diarrhea. These are only symptoms. Could it be reflux? What else?

Heartburn: It could be reflux, but if she is having diarrhea for three weeks too, you might want to ask her doctor about checking her for infection, like H.Plyori or parasitic infections. ...Read more

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I am a 46 year old hispanic that has frequent, heartburn every time i eat. Love spicy food, what medication do you recommend. Tums (calcium carbonate) no good.Or zentac.

I am a 46 year old hispanic that has frequent, heartburn every time i eat. Love spicy food, what medication do you recommend. Tums (calcium carbonate) no good.Or zentac.

Heartburn: You can eat psicy but you have to avoid greasy food, so you have to avoid fried food, greasy food, eat small frequent meals not large meals, don't eat too late before going to bed, and if you smoke, stop smoking. If you have some diet modifications and lose some weight you will still be able to enjoy your spicy food. ...Read more

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I've been taking 40mg of prilosec/day for the last 7 years. My heartburn is unbearable if i miss a dose. Is there an alternative?

I've been taking 40mg of prilosec/day for the last 7 years. My heartburn is unbearable if i miss a dose. Is there an alternative?

Get evaluated: Pls see a GI pecialist, you need to have an endoscopy to see if there are ulcers in your atomach, may need other tests to rule out other causes of your symptoms. 7 yrs is too long to bear that pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hospitalized with bleeding esophagus due to taking meloxicam. Have now recovered but why do I have heartburn every day which i never had before.

Hospitalized with bleeding esophagus due to taking meloxicam. Have now recovered but why do I have heartburn every day which i never had before.

Ulcer?: See a gastroenterologist. They may want to put a camera in your stomach and esophagus and see how it looks. Gastritis? Ulcers? Reflux? Can all give you symptoms. Most will resolve with meds. ...Read more

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I have had a copper IUD since my abortion. I now have heartburn every day and i spotted after my period. Could i be pregnant?

I have had a copper IUD since my abortion. I now have heartburn every day and i spotted after my period. Could i be pregnant?

Possible: Iuds do not provide 100% effectiveness. Hopefully you had a sting check 6 weeks after placement to confirm you didn't expel it. In addition, i won't usually use a copper iud in women your age because of the higher std risk. Even married women under age 25 have a higher than usual rate of stds. Check a pregnancy test and see a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Heartburn since last two years ?

Meds and GI consult: Heartburn is caused by stomach acid leaking up the esophagus. The stomach is designed to hold acid, the esophagus is NOT. The acid burning the esophagus is why it hurts. This repeated burning can actually cause changes in the esophagus which sometimes can cause a type of cancer. See a gastroenterologist to look at your esophagus to verify the level of damage. Try prilosec and/or tums (calcium carbonate) til then. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Indigestion (Definition)

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