Top
20
Doctor insights on: What Does Constant Heartburn Mean

Share
1

1
I have a lot of heartburn. Some weeks I can have none but than others, its constant! Acid reflux? Gerd? How can I know?

I have a lot of heartburn. Some weeks I can have none but than others, its constant! Acid reflux? Gerd? How can I know?

Probably: Sounds like gerd which can be intermittent. No one way to make the diagnosis, but if you feel better on a ppi then that usually is enough to make the diagnosis. Diagnosis of gerd can also be made with an endoscopy but not necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
1,491 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
I hv sliding hiatus hernia with gerd, esophagitis la grade b, duodanitis. I don't have any symptom now like heartburn etc. Does it mean, medication NT rqr?

I hv sliding hiatus hernia with gerd, esophagitis la grade b, duodanitis. I don't have any symptom now like heartburn etc. Does it mean, medication NT rqr?

Stay on meds: I would use anti-acid producing medication until you know the damage to your esophagus heals. This means another endoscopy. If the esophagitis comes back after healing and stopping meds, may need to consider an anti-reflux procedure which could be done endoscopically or surgically. Hope this helps, and you have a merry christmas! ...Read more

3

3
Constant chest burning mid chest somewhere between breastbone and neck. All cardiac workups good. Doesn't feel like heartburn. Is GERD possible?

Constant chest burning mid chest somewhere between breastbone and neck. All cardiac workups good. Doesn't feel like heartburn. Is GERD possible?

Yes: Burning chest pain with neg heart studies and no cardiovascular risk factor is gerd until proven otherwise. Change your diet and avoid food that trigger the chest pain like coffee, sodas, fatty fry food, spicy/hot food, acid fruits, broccoli, garlic, onions etc. Loose weight if overweight, avoid tight clothes, don't eat 2h before going to bed, eat 6 smaller meals a day, exercise. ...Read more

4

4
What is the best treatment for gerd? I don't have heartburn but I have constant post nasal drip symptoms & asthma. Which medications should I take?

GERD: Gerd and laryngopharnygeal reflux can be a significant trigger for asthma, see a specialist (allergist) familiar with both LPR and asthma if you pcp does not seem to understand this association or recommend appropriate or effective management. ...Read more

5

5
GERD? I have no heartburn I've been burping more than usual Excessive saliva I hate constantly swallowing saliva it is driving me crazy!

GERD? I have no heartburn I've been burping more than usual Excessive saliva I hate constantly swallowing saliva it is driving me crazy!

See a doctor: You might need to see a doctor still could be a regurgitation without the acid or you might have excessive secretary glands either way you need to be evaluated by a physician for a proper evaluation and treatment ...Read more

6

6
I have GERD symptoms. I have constant burping and bad breath. There is no heartburn and throat burn. Baking soda sometimes helps and it prevents burping and bad breath. Any natural remedies?

I have GERD symptoms. I have constant burping and bad breath. There is no heartburn and throat burn. Baking soda sometimes helps and it prevents burping and bad breath. Any natural remedies?

Yes, qualified: Listen to your body. Eat healthy unprocessed foods. Eat small amounts of food at a time. Hiatal hernia can be problem. Raise arms over head, raise on toes, and drop to jar body, drink water, and press from under left rib cage to navel 3 times before each meals and bedtime. Bad bacteria could be a problem, try raw apple cider vinegar and olive oil as a salad dressing. A. ...Read more

7

7
Orig diagnosis was gerd, but the tablets or liquids don't work, pain just seems to be getting worse n worse, constantly feels like all food n liquid is stuck?

Orig diagnosis was gerd, but the tablets or liquids don't work, pain just seems to be getting worse n worse, constantly feels like all food n liquid is stuck?

Achalasia: You may have a problem called achalasia, where the nerves to the esophagus don't work properly to move food into the stomach. It takes special testing to diagnose the condition and there are effective treatments so it is worth finding a good GI specialist to evaluate you. ...Read more

8

8
Was diagnosed with Gerd and gastritis but doesn't the pain supposed to come and go why is it It agony pain constantly 2 days straight?

Was diagnosed with Gerd and gastritis but doesn't the pain supposed to come and go why is it It agony pain constantly 2 days straight?

Possibly not GERD: GERD and gastritis are 2 diagnoses which are frequently made on a "clinical basis", that is, without further testing to back up the diagnoses. The doctor who made the diagnosis may not have been correct. It is possible that pain from your gallbladder can mimic the pain of gastritis. If you are having nausea/vomiting, fevers/chills, or worsening pain, particularly with movement, go to the ER. ...Read more

9

9
Can GERD or something like it symptoms be temporarily aggravated during prolonged highly vigorous masturbation? Masturbation is safe, I mean temporary

Masturbation: It is extremely unlikely that masturbation will exacerbate gerd. Anything is possible, but this is rare. See a GI doctor and be diagnosed and treated appropriately. ...Read more

10

10
Could GERD and anxiety cause constant nausea?

Could GERD and anxiety cause constant nausea?

Yes: If both are untreated, they can cause nausea. It can be a vicious cycle. The constant worrying can cause worsening of the gerd and then more worrying from the physical symptoms experienced. You should see your doctor and get treatment (not just the gerd but the anxiety as well). Treatment for the anxiety may significantly reduce your gerd symptoms. ...Read more

11

11
What is easy and economical method of diagnosing hiatus hernia? Does GERD means high possibility of hiatus hernia.

What is easy and economical method of diagnosing hiatus hernia? Does GERD means high possibility of hiatus hernia.

Upper GI: Probably the least invasive and most economical method to diagnose a hernia is an upper gi. In this test, you drink contrast material and x-rays are taken as it goes down your esophagus into your stomach. A hiatal hernia can be seen. Most people with a hiatal hernia have reflux but the majority of people with reflux do not have a hernia. ...Read more

13

13
If someone suffers from GERD, does that means that their stomach acid levels are higher than that of someone else's?

If someone suffers from GERD, does that means that their stomach acid levels are higher than that of someone else's?

Not necessarily: GERD just means they have developed symptoms related to the backwash of stomach acid. This is a normal event in most people and most tolerate it without problems. Some have lifestyle choices that aggravate the process. Nicotine and caffeine intake, food choice and reclining after eating all aggravate the process as do some infections. Meds that decrease acid production help it heal. ...Read more

14

14
Why is my saliva watery I mean its very light + I have GERD could it be the reason?

Why is my saliva watery I mean its very light + I have GERD could it be the reason?

Maybe: Gerd increases production of watery, alkaline saliva to help wash away and neutralize acidicmaterial in the eesophagus. Saliva is usually pretty watery in general. ...Read more

15

15
If medication can control a symptom (e.G. Gerd/lpr reflux) does that mean the symptom isn't caused by stress or anxiety?

Stress not by self: Stress may worsen gerd symptoms, but unlikely to be only cause of your chronic heartburn. In the past stress was thought to be the culprit in a variety of gastrointestinal problems, including ulcers and inflammatory bowel diseases such as crohn's disease.
Hiatal hernia, diet, pregnancy, obesity are few known contributors. Sometimes genetic. ...Read more

16

16
Can GERD cause intermediate right upper quadrant pain? Not constant but when it hurts it's a 6 out of 10. gallbladder Hida normal. Pain is off and on

Can GERD cause intermediate right upper quadrant pain? Not constant but when it hurts it's a 6 out of 10. gallbladder Hida normal. Pain is off and on

Common: Gerd can be associated with Gastritis which could cause intermittent pain. Sometimes such pain could be associated with meals. The history, type of pain and response to proton pump inhibitors or H2 blockers or antiacids may help estabilish the diagnosis. ...Read more

17

17
Had upper endoscopy. Report said irregular z line. Did biopsy Gastro said he's not concerned No follow up What does this mean? Diagnosed GERD 2 yrs. TY

Had upper endoscopy. Report said irregular z line. Did biopsy Gastro said he's not concerned No follow up What does this mean? Diagnosed GERD 2 yrs. TY

Gastroesophageal jx: The Z line is your Gastroesophageal junction. An irregular Z line is sometimes biopsied to see if there is a change in the type of mucosa or covering, such as would be seen in Barrett;s esophagus. This can be a precancerous condition and occurs with long term exposure of the exophagus to acid, such that the lining looks more intestinal than esophageal. Ask your doctor about the pathology report. ...Read more

18

18
Trouble swallowing with GERD is listed as a symptom. Does this mean trouble initiating a swallow or the feeling that it sticks after swallow?

Trouble swallowing with GERD is listed as a symptom. Does this mean trouble initiating a swallow or the feeling that it sticks after swallow?

GERD is a: Diagnosis, not a symptom, and it stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It usually causes heartburn. Difficulty swallowing is a symptom usually called dyshagia, and can be caused by many things, one of which is advanced gerd. ...Read more

20

20
Does errosive esophagitus mean I'll have barrets when it all heals up? What are the Chance? I am 23 with a year or severe gerd and now on ppi

Does errosive esophagitus mean I'll have barrets when it all heals up? What are the Chance? I am 23 with a year or severe gerd and now on ppi

Erosive esophagitis: Chronic irritation to the esophagus is a predisposer for Barrett's esophagus, not everybody had erosive esophagitis will develop Barretts. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,255 Doctors shared insights

Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion = Difficulty ...Read more