What is acid indigestion and heartburn?

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?

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Abdominal pain, bloating and acid indigestion thought to be GERD now followed by constipation/fatigue/nausea - high fibre+omep/ran no effect, causes?

GI. Most common cause is often diet related, however once it gets to this point it is usually dysbiosis. Abnormal bacterial function. I often find patients with candida overgrowth, parasites, helicobacter or other infections when tested. Often when tested the patient has too little acid rather than too much acid in the stomach and digestive enzymes may help. Make sure you see a GI doctor to dx. Read more...

Why does the eno alleviate acid indigestion and heartburn?

Eno. Eno is a fruit salt antacid used to decrease bloating. Eno releases trapped gas which can then be discharged by belching. Eno neutralizes excess stomach acid. Read more...

Is heartburn the same thing as acid indigestion?

Yes. Heartburn is referred to by different names including acid indigestion or heartburn. There are other symptoms of the condition know as gerd which can also include coughing, abdominal pain or a fullness in the neck. Read more...

What are the signs of having heartburn/acid indigestion?

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 more...
Heartburn symptoms. Burning pain that may be felt in chest, abdomen or throat that may last minutes to hours. Pain can ^ right after eating, lying down or bending over. It may feel like food is stuck in the throat or chest & swallowing may be more difficult. Bitter/ sour/ hot taste may back up into your mouth or throat. It may cause a sore throat, cough or hoarseness. . Read more...

What can I do for non-stop heartburn and acid indigestion?

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...

Can you tell me about non-stop heartburn and acid indigestion?

Acid reflux. It is important to get chronic acid reflux under control. You can try initially to use anti-reflux precautions (on this site in the Tips area under my name labeled "avoiding heartburn") and a trial of over-the-counter acid reducing medicine. If two weeks of this does not solve the problem, you should see your doctor or a gastroenterologist. Good luck. Read more...

What is the difference between heartburn and acid indigestion?

Same. These can be used interchangeably by patients and physicians. Dyspepsia is another term used. Read more...

I'm 35wks pregnant suffering 24hr heartburn and acid indigestion. I take maalox, that does minor releif. Is there anything that could help? Thanks

Yes. Keep taking the Tums for calcium. Zantac (ranitidine) is pregnancy category b so considered relatively safe during pregnancy. If zantac (ranitidine) helps, but not enough, you could try Prevacid 24-hr (otc) which is also category b. Safety for either in breast feeding is unknown. Read more...