Severe Heartburn: When Heartburn Symptoms Get Even Worse
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When your heartburn symptoms refuse to subside and remain frequent or severe despite treatment, they may be indicative of a more serious problem, such as GERD.
GERD, short for gastroesophageal reflux disease, is caused by the reflux, or backflow, of stomach acids into the esophagus. Another potential problem could be Barrett's esophagus. Although this condition is rare, it could increase your risk of getting esophageal cancer.
Read the below articles to learn the measures you should take when your heartburn symptoms go from bad to worse.
Understanding the Long-term Effects of Severe Heartburn
- When Heartburn Goes From Bad to Worse
There's an increase in symptom frequency and discomfort. What now?
- What Is GERD?
Here's what you need to know about this uncomfortable–but manageable–condition.
- What You Need to Know About Diseases of the Esophagus
Barrett's esophagus is rare. Cancer of the esophagus is rarer still. For both, early detection is key.
Questions for When Frequent Heartburn Gets Worse
- I've tried OTC and prescription medications, but my symptoms haven't gone away. Could it be more than just heartburn?
If you continue to experience symptoms despite taking over-the-counter and prescription heartburn medications, it's time to revisit your health-care provider.
- How can I tell the difference between heart attack symptoms and heartburn?
In general, heart-related symptoms start out as a crushing pressure in the chest, with the pain radiating to the arms, neck or jaw.
- What's GERD?
GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, the reflux or movement of stomach contents into the esophagus.
- Is acid reflux damaging my esophagus?
Acid reflux can cause significant damage to your esophagus.