Symptom Checklist: Do I Have Frequent Heartburn?

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While only your healthcare practitioner can diagnose your condition, here are some common heartburn symptoms. 

Oftentimes, those who suffer from frequent heartburn dismiss their symptoms far too readily. Use this checklist—and communicate the information to your healthcare practitioner.

Important note: There are some similarities between heartburn and heart attack symptoms. If you have any chest pain that lasts for more than a few minutes or any warning signs of a heart attack (for example, pain spreading to your arms, neck or shoulders with a shortness of breath; sweating; light-headedness), seek immediate medical attention.

  • Do you ever experience a burning sensation that begins in your chest or at your breastbone and moves up toward the throat?
  • Do you ever have the sensation that food is traveling back up to your mouth?
  • Do you ever have an acidic or sour taste that lingers at the back of your throat?
  • Do you ever suffer from discomfort that usually sets in after meals?
  • When you’re lying down or bending over does this pain get worse?
  • Does this pain usually respond quickly to antacids?
  • Do you experience the symptoms two or more days per week?

If you answered in the affirmative to any of the questions above, you might be suffering from frequent heartburn. Consider trying an over-the-counter frequent heartburn medication to treat your heartburn, and be sure to discuss your symptoms with your healthcare provider.