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Need Help With Acid Indigestion
Upper abdominal pain: Medical term is dyspepsia. Multiple causes medication induced from nsaid's (motrin Aleve (naproxen) asprin type products) or bacteria infection called helicobacter pylori and many other less common causes in a otherwise healthy person. Problem is usually self limiting with over the counter treatments, however, if persists would seek care from a medical provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heartburn: Acid indigestion has many names including dyspepsia, reflux, gerd (gastro-esophageal reflux disorder), and can result from ulcers and gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). It is caused by acid entering the esophagus hitting tissue not able to handle it.Burning, sour taste in the mouth, belching, regurgitation of food, cough, pain(stomach, chest), nausea can occur from this irritation. ...Read more
Abdominal symptoms: Usually, acid indigestion causes symptoms of abdominal pain, heart burn, increased burping or belching, acid taste in the mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms. Additionally, acid indigestion may also occur without any symptoms. Best to see your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms, or if you are concerned. ...Read more
Need effective rx: Many patients need chronic therapy like Nexium (esomeprazole) daily pts often take it when they think they need it . The food is your bodies way of trying to buffer the acid. It doesnt take care of the underlying problem. Untreated or inadequate treatment can lead to a barrets esophagus and possble cancer. Not to mention food can lead to obesity and more relux. ...Read more
See your doctor: My answer differs than were i to advise a younger man to just try acid blockers & avoid alcohol, fats, spices). While your indigestion may be little more than gerd or acid-related distress, age-appropriate indigestion may be a harbinger of barrett's esophagus, altered stomach emptying, partial gastric outlet block, ulcer, cancer, pancreas or biliary disease, heart attack). Get checked please. ...Read more
Heartburn issues: Short answer: avoid spicy & greasy foods, tomato-foods, mints, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, chocolate, late night meals before bed. Long answer: distinguish acid versus non-acid causes of reflux, rule out motility problems of the esophagus & stomach, & even consider non-gi related problems that can mimic heartburn (has your heart been checked?). pH testing may be helpful. Tried an acid blocker yet? ...Read more
Burning: Just like the name says. Burning along the esophagus , worse when lying flat and with certain foods. Water brash which is that "bad taste " after a belch. If bad enough pts can cough and wheeze at night when asleep due to intermittent aspiration of gastric acid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heartburn options: 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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