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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Persistent Heartburn (Overview)

Mayo Clinic defines: "Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone. The pain is often worse when lying down or bending over." Persistent heartburn is chronic.


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Can Plavix cause persistent heartburn in a person with stroke, heart atrack and GERD treated with Protonix (pantoprazole)?

Can Plavix cause persistent heartburn in a person with stroke, heart atrack and GERD treated with Protonix (pantoprazole)?

Unlikely: Plavix (clopidogrel) does not cause such acidity symptoms but acid refux can be the reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
61 doctors shared insights

Persistent Heartburn (Overview)

Mayo Clinic defines: "Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone. The pain is often worse when lying down or bending over." Persistent heartburn is chronic.


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What's good relief for persistent heartburn during pregnancy ?

What's good relief for persistent heartburn during pregnancy ?

Eat Better !: Gastric reflux may worsen when pregnant. Avoid eating late, big meals, saucy and condimented .Specially after 5 pm. Digestion is very slow during pregnancy. If you smoke , quit and ask your doctor about acid pump inhibitors like pepsid and prilosec. Treating gastric reflux aggressively will decrease your morning sickness as well. Eat small meals every 3 hours or so. Good luck ! ...Read more

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Treating Heartburn (Checklist)

Use an over-the-counter medication like Zantac or Prilosec
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Avoid heavy meals
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Limit fatty or acidic foods
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Avoid alcoholic drinks
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How can I get rid of heartburn?

How can I get rid of heartburn?

Few things to try...: Heartburn is very common and often lifestyle is a major contributing factor. Smoking/alcohol/caffeine/mint/fatty foods/too-spicey foods, and many medications cause heartburns. Obesity and laying down after meals etc...Are other risks. So, if you can control the above, you r much less likely to suffer heartburn. If above not adequate, otc prilosec/zantac/pepcid may help. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can Plavix cause persistent heartburn in a person with stroke, heart atrack and GERD treated with Protonix (pantoprazole)?

Unlikely: Plavix (clopidogrel) does not cause such acidity symptoms but acid refux can be the reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Persistent heartburn?

What is the definition or description of: Persistent heartburn?

Persistent heartburn: Mayo Clinic defines: "Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone. The pain is often worse when lying down or bending over." Persistent heartburn is chronic. ...Read more

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What's good relief for persistent heartburn during pregnancy ?

Eat Better !: Gastric reflux may worsen when pregnant. Avoid eating late, big meals, saucy and condimented .Specially after 5 pm. Digestion is very slow during pregnancy. If you smoke , quit and ask your doctor about acid pump inhibitors like pepsid and prilosec. Treating gastric reflux aggressively will decrease your morning sickness as well. Eat small meals every 3 hours or so. Good luck ! ...Read more

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I've been tacking ibuprofen on/off month due to back and leg injury. Now have persistent heartburn even when i don't take. Any advice?

I've been tacking ibuprofen on/off month due to back and leg injury.  Now have persistent heartburn even when i don't take.  Any advice?

Yes: Stop taking ibuprofen. You likely are having irritation due to ibuprofen. You can either stop it or try taking it with food/ or add an acid blocking agent such as Pepcid (famotidine) which you can now get without a prescription. ...Read more

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Back strain, seemed resolving/exercise worse plus new hip flexor pain. Ibuprofen causing persistent heartburn other anti-inflam/pain options?

Back strain, seemed resolving/exercise worse plus new hip flexor pain.  Ibuprofen causing persistent heartburn other anti-inflam/pain options?

Lumbar. Pain: Taking any over the counter meds like ibuprofen,aleve, aspirin, may cause heartburn , so.. U make sure u take the dose on a full stomach, alternatively use over the counter meds such as Zantac, (ranitidine) cimetidine, orprevacid. Get up with a physiotherapist to be shown proper stretching as well as isometric strenthening or core muscles. ...Read more

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My Husband is experiencing heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: eating certain foods) , diarrhea (quality: chronic (persistent, sustained)) and abdomin...

My Husband is experiencing  heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: eating certain foods) , diarrhea (quality: chronic (persistent, sustained))  and abdomin...

Gastroenterologist: He may be dealing with an irritable bowel syndrome as well as gerd. Have him consult a gastroenterologist for evaluation, diagnosis and proper treatment including dietary advice as well as avoiding alcohol, caffeine,nicotine and harsh roughage. In the meantime start him on prilosec or zantac daily until he is examined. ...Read more

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Dry persistent cough. Negative for allergies, gerd, asthmas, cancer & heart conditions. Leads to shortness of breath. What can I do?

Dry persistent cough. Negative for allergies, gerd, asthmas, cancer & heart conditions. Leads to shortness of breath. What can I do?

Consider bronch: On occasion recurrent dry cough with associated shortness of breath, especially if the difficulty breathing is on inspiration, can be related to vocal cord dysfunction. This may require an ENT physician to directly visualize the larynx and below. If that is normal, a pulmonologist may need to look directly into the lung for the cause. ...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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