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Heartburn and nausea sign of labor?

Heartburn and nausea sign of labor?

Labor: Although these symptoms might occur - they are not classic signs / symptoms of labor. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


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I'm 3 days from my due date and I have been having very painful heartburn is it a sign of labor or not I have already lost my mucus plug?

I'm 3 days from my due date and I have been having very painful heartburn is it a sign of labor or not I have already lost my mucus plug?

Could be both..: Labor or contractions typically cause cramping pain, often mid to lower abdomen, for a few minutes at a time, then eases up and the cycle repeats over and over until the baby is born. Heartburn or reflux often cause more constant pain and lasts much longer. It is not unreasonable to try some tums/pepcid, but being 3 days before due date, and loss of mucus plug, chance of labor is high. Good luck. ...Read more

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Strong heartburn at 38 weeks is sign of labour?

Strong heartburn at 38 weeks is sign of labour?

Not necssarily: The uterus is likely pressing up against the stomach. Anatomic changes could cause heartburn. ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks 2 days pregnant and have had diarrha, back pain, and increased indigestion. Is this a sign that labor is near? I am 3cm and 90% effaced.

I am 38 weeks 2 days pregnant and have had diarrha, back pain, and increased indigestion. Is this a sign that labor is near? I am 3cm and 90% effaced.

Could be: If u were my pt and your cervix was that ripe I would induce you exactly at 39 weeks if u do not go into labor before then the ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks, please discuss with your ob. ...Read more

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Back and lower abdomen pain that radiates to my legs, indigestion, loose bowel movements, 37 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Sign of labor?

Rhythmic or not?: If the pains are rhythmic and can be timed at regular intervals of increasingly shortened intervals then labor is on the way. If not it is just the pressure of the pregnancy on the internal structures. ...Read more

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40 weeks pregnant heartburn, back pain and feel like I have to go #2 and nothing comes out. Early labor?

40 weeks pregnant heartburn, back pain and feel like I have to go #2 and nothing comes out. Early labor?

Not yet necessarily: Just means that the size of the gravid uterus is pressing on the colon/abdominal content giving the urge to defecate. Also likely causing the back pain as well. Likely won't be long until you go into labor, based on gestation. Try to lay in the left lateral recumbent position, and follow up with your ob/gyn for further instructions. ...Read more

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36 weeks 3cm 70% been having Braxton hicks all day probably 5 an hour they are irregular and having heartburn, short of breath could this mean labor?

36 weeks 3cm 70% been having Braxton hicks all day probably 5 an hour they are irregular and having heartburn, short of breath could this mean labor?

Labor: When the contractions are painful and five minutes apart for at least an hour it is time to be seen in labor and delivery. If you feel your pain is severe you should be promptly evaluated. If you are having trouble breathing then you should be seen in the ER. Over the counter medications such as Omeprazole are safe for use for heartburn. ...Read more

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My period was 3 days late. Prior to that I had heartburn, nausea, & hot flashes. I had a tubal ligation 11 yrs ago. Thought I was pg but tests were -. Now im having brown spotting followed by bright red heavy bleeding & labor pain like cramps. Please advi

My period was 3 days late. Prior to that I had heartburn, nausea, & hot flashes. I had a tubal ligation 11 yrs ago. Thought I was pg but tests were -. Now im having brown spotting followed by bright red heavy bleeding & labor pain like cramps. Please advi

Probably menses: If your pregnancy tests have been negative, then delayed ovulation can result in delayed menstruation. If pregnancy is uncertain, then a blood test for pregnancy will provide a more definitive answer. In theory it could be an early miscarriage, but a positive pregnancy test is needed to confirm this. Otherwise it may just be a bad period. If you do have a positive pregnancy, se. ...Read more

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Almost 36w pregnant, nausea followed by vomiting, lower leg cramps, tummy tightening, and back pain... Plus constant heartburn. Labor? Flu?

Likely labor: This sounds like early labor, which is usually not such a problem at 36 weeks of pregnancy. You might certainly have a urinary tract infection or virus. I am sure that your obstetrician would be happy to see you and sort this out with you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is heartburn part of preterm labour?

Is heartburn part of preterm labour?

Heartburn in Preg: Heartburn is very common in pregnancy. From a hormonal standpoint your gut relaxes and acid rises up. From a mechanical standpoint your growing pregnancy will push up on your stomach. These are not signs of preterm labor though; you would feel much stronger contractions. ...Read more

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Hard labor and change in diet. 50lbs weight loss just shy of a year. Frequent constipation and indigestion. Trial of Prilosec OTC was useless. Ulcer?

Hard labor and change in diet. 50lbs weight loss just shy of a year. Frequent constipation and indigestion. Trial of Prilosec OTC was useless. Ulcer?

Fiber and hydration: Just over 2 lb per month weight loss is good but set reasonable target weights below 95th percentile but above your height percentile. Ensure adequate hydration, fiber and vitamin intake. A psyllium-based product at recommended dose before meals with water would suffice. ...Read more

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Signs of gerd?

Signs of gerd?

More on GERD: Healthtap is full of answers regarding gerd's causes, variations, and approaches for prevention. Please type "gerd" in the search box, and I think you'll find all the responses you could want! ...Read more

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Gerd or "silent reflux" from forward head posture? If I fix the fhp will the GERD symptoms go away? 7 months of this and no signs of getting better.

Gerd or "silent reflux" from forward head posture? If I fix the fhp will the GERD symptoms go away? 7 months of this and no signs of getting better.

Unlikely: Posture is not likely to be the problem. It may be related to hyperacidity, hiatal hernia or other GI problem. You should definitely see a GI doctor and have this assessed since it may be as simple as having helicobacter pylori infection treated with antibiotics. Good luck and feel better soon. ...Read more

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I feel kind of full and hungry at the same time I don't feel no pain or symptoms is this normal or can this be a sign of bloating can relate to my gerd?

I feel kind of full and hungry at the same time I don't feel no pain or symptoms is this normal or can this be a sign of bloating can relate to my gerd?

GERD: Reflux pain can mimic the pain we experience when we are hungry, so it is important to know which is happening to be able to treat effectively. If you feel full and 'hungry' at the same time, this sounds more like symptoms of GERD ...Read more

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After I eat, I always feel like I need to clear my throat. Is this a sign of gerd?

After I eat, I always feel like I need to clear my throat. Is this a sign of gerd?

Could be: This sounds like a classic symptom for acid reflux. Common symptoms: throat clearing (especially after meals), feeling like something is stuck in the throat, thick mucus, hoarseness, bitter taste in throat, throat irritation. See your local ENT who can use a camera and look at your vocal cords. ...Read more

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Does GERD cause black stool? Or is this a sign of something more serious?

Does GERD cause black stool? Or is this a sign of something more serious?

No: GERD does not cause black stools. But if you have taken Peptobismol, it can turn stool black. If you didn't take that, then you will need to see your primary care doctor soon. But if you are having several black stools and feeling lightheaded or dizzy, then you will need to go to an emergency room as it maybe a sign that you are bleeding in the bowels. ...Read more

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I have on and off feeling like air/gas multiple bubbles to the left or below chest area no sign of pain or symptoms I do have gerd/acid reflux. Help?

Hard to say: That is certainly where your stomach could lie and cause stomach symptoms. Perhaps over the counter antacids, observation and if worsening symptoms see your doctor? ...Read more

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What to do if I have pain in my shoulders and in my arms, sides of chest and hard time swallowing, is that a normal sign of gerd?

What to do if I have pain in my shoulders and in my arms, sides of chest and hard time swallowing, is that a normal sign of gerd?

GERD: While this could be GERD, this is somewhat of an unusual presentation for GERD and could be a sign of many other conditions. It may also be totally inconsequential. The best thing is to check with your doctor to review your medical conditions. Some tests may be required. ...Read more

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Swollen submandibular for 2 weeks. Diagnosed with TMD (limited opening, jaw pain) and GERD (had scope). Is swelling related, or sign of larger issue?

Swollen submandibular for 2 weeks. Diagnosed with TMD (limited opening, jaw pain) and GERD (had scope). Is swelling related, or sign of larger issue?

Infection/ inflamef: Most of the time swelling of submandibular glands is related to an infection in the head/ neck area in the side of the head of the swollen gland. From a tooth, gum infection, throat or upper respiratory condition, oral cancer, trauma, ear infection, sinusitis or many other conditions can result in swollen glands. Have a comprehensive oral exam. ...Read more

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Dysphagia vs globus- what's difference & which is sign of esophageal cancer? Going on 3+ weeks, constant. Long history of GERD. Dr said no endoscopy needed.

Dysphagia vs globus- what's difference & which is sign of esophageal cancer? Going on 3+ weeks, constant. Long history of GERD. Dr said no endoscopy needed.

Tough: Dysphagia is usually a problem with a neurologic cause. It is difficulty in swallowing to the point the person may aspirate in any of the phases of swallowing.
Globus is a problem with swallowing that is usually thought to be psychogenic in origin and is made worse by stress and anxiety. Re the GERD, see your doctor again and at your age you may not need an EGD. Ask the doctor why no endoscopy. ...Read more

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I notice chest pain only when I bend over to pick up something up off the floor. No chest pain any other time. But when I bend over it takes my breath away. I take omeprazole for gerd. No history of heart problems and no other signs symptoms of heart p

Chest: Chest pain is a symptom that causes great concern for patients, and rightfully so. Chest pain may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition such as a heart attack. Chest pain can also be caused by other problems such as muscle pain or heartburn.


Chest pain from angina (heart pain) is often described by patients as pressure, squeezing, or tightness in the chest. It can radiate to the neck, arms, or back. It can be associated with other symptoms such as nausea, sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness, or fainting. Angina can be brought on by exercise, and sometimes relieved with resting. Risk factors for angina include patients with high blood pressure, smoking, a family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, or diabetes. However, some people also describe their angina as feeling like indigestion or heart burn.


Classic heartburn can be associated with an acid taste in the mouth, or with regurgitation of acid-tasting fluid into the mouth (reflux), especially if bending over or lying down. Certain foods can contribute to indigestion (chocolate, fatty or fried foods, or coffee for example).


Both angina and heartburn cause pain in the middle of the chest. It is important that if you have chest pain and don't know the cause that you contact a physician for consultation. If your symptoms feel like classic heartburn, you can try an antacid, but if you have more concerning symptoms of feeling lightheaded, sweating, nausea, palpitations, or fainting, or if your symptoms are severe or last greater than 20 minutes, you should be evaluated immediately by a physician. If you are concerned you are having angina, you should also take a 325 mg Aspirin (if you have not been told not to use Aspirin by your doctor), as this can improve outcome in patients with heart problems. Any new or persistent chest pain patient should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have acid regurgitate without heart burn with GERD flare up. No signs of a cold, just bringing up white sour phlegm. Diagnosed with GERD 4 years ago, tried Nexium but never helped. Reflux left on its own. Now had anxiety, got pantazol?

Can you have acid regurgitate without heart burn with GERD flare up. No signs of a cold, just bringing up white sour phlegm. Diagnosed with GERD 4 years ago, tried Nexium but never helped. Reflux left on its own. Now had anxiety, got pantazol?

Yes you can...: You can definitely have acid reflux or regurgitation without heartburn symptoms. Medications like Nexium (esomeprazole) may or may not work depending on the strength and frequency that you are taking. Certain foods can cause these symptoms (i.e. caffeine, spicy foods, fatty foods, large meals, alcohol) as well as smoking tobacco. The other issue may be a hiatal hernia which you may discuss with your primary doc ...Read more

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Can I give my 15 month old peptobismol? She keeps throwing up with no signs of fever or illness. We have checked food allergies, ans GERD (taking zantac (ranitidine) 2x daily). I cannot figure out what's wrong :- (

Can I give my 15 month old peptobismol? She keeps throwing up with no signs of fever or illness. We have checked food allergies, ans GERD (taking zantac (ranitidine) 2x daily). I cannot figure out what's wrong :- (

I wouldn't: Pepto has salycilates which we don't give tom kids under 16 because of an association with liver failure/death (Reye syndrome).Wet burps that do not result in problems with hydration often decrease with age as the reflux improves. If the kid is growing well. I would leave it alone. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed GERD & I get heartburns almost once a week. I usually take a Pantoprezole tablet then - is it safe to take it so often?

I have been diagnosed GERD & I get heartburns almost once a week. I usually take a Pantoprezole tablet then - is it safe to take it so often?

Talk to doc but: First you need to take the Pantoprazole 30-60 mins before your first meal of the day. There is also concern that chronic use of this type of drug increases the risk in getting pneumonia and possibly traveler's diarrhea.
If taken only when heartburn starts, then a Histamine 2 reverse agonist (Pepcid, Zantac) may be more appropriate. ...Read more

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What preventative treatments are there for GERD and heartburn?

What preventative treatments are there for GERD and heartburn?

Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between heartburn and gerd?

Is there a difference between heartburn and gerd?

Yes: Heartburn is a common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). Not all heartburn is gerd (95%+ is) and not everyone with gerd has heartburn. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heartburn and gerd?

Really the same: Some doctors may call more regular episodes of heartburn gerd i.e. Daily as opposed to episodic heartburn that you get from eating too much pizza. ...Read more

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What else causes frequent severe heartburn besides gerd?

Studies have shown: That the differential diagnosis of heartburn symptoms is quite broad, but according to Dr. Harmon and others in Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, there are five major causes:
Medications, functional dyspepsia, GERD, peptic ulcer disease, and cancer.
GERD may have no symptoms of heartburn whatsoever. Here is a review to read: http://tinyurl. Com/nqnv9qr ...Read more

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I am experiencing heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: lying flat).

I am experiencing heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: lying flat).

Heartburn: Approaches to heartburn include: elevating the head of the bed, not wearing tight clothes that cinch the abdomen, avoiding meals late at night, waiting at least 3 hours after a meal to lie down, not allowing body weight to be excessive, not smoking, acupuncture, hypnosis, ginger tea, relaxation and medications such as antacids, Proton pump inhibitors or H-2- receptor antagonists. ...Read more

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What is clinically different between frequent heartburn and GERD?

GERD symptoms: Heartburn is a symptom, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a diagnosis. Heartburn is the most frequent symptom of GERD. Best to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with gerd. Why don't I get heartburn?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with gerd. Why don't I get heartburn?

GERD.: Not all reflux hurts. A more acidic refluxate would hurt, but a refluxate with less of an acidic component wouldn't hurt. The problem is that non-acidic reflux can still damage the esophagus and must therefore be identified. ...Read more

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Is it common or possible to have GERD WITHOUT the symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation?

Is it common or possible to have GERD WITHOUT the symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation?

GERD: Gerd is always associated with symptoms! . If you don't have symptoms you don't have Gerd.
What makes you think something is wrong? ...Read more

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Could you recommend an OTC heartburn/ GERD medicine that can help with my breathing issues?

Could you recommend an OTC heartburn/ GERD medicine that can help with my breathing issues?

GERD FLARES ASTHMA: GERD symptoms Flare asthma/You need a full exam and blood work. Especial screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. Empiric trial of Zantac vs nexium (esomeprazole), if symptoms persist baseline EGD. While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also asthma EVAL and monitor PEF ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion = Difficulty ...Read more