Heartburn Symptoms: Understanding How Heartburn Affects You
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Have you experienced any of these common heartburn symptoms?
- A burning pain that begins in the chest or at the breastbone and moves up toward the throat
- A feeling that food is coming back into the mouth
- An acidic or bitter taste at the back of the throat
- An increase in severity of pain when you're lying down or bending over
- Pain that usually comes after meals
- Pain that usually responds quickly to antacids
If so, we're here to help! Because everyone experiences heartburn symptoms a little differently, your first step should be understanding what heartburn is and how heartburn symptoms affect you. Get started with the Basics, below.
- How Do I Know If I Have Heartburn?
Here's how — and why — heartburn happens.
- Is It Heartburn — or a Heart Attack?
The pain associated with a heart attack can also be felt in the chest. Read this article to learn about the important differences between heartburn and a heart attack.
Heartburn Symptoms: When, Why and How?
- Calculating Your Heartburn's Frequency
Every day? Once a week? Putting a number to how often heartburn happens will help you decide what type of treatment you need.
- Track Your Heartburn Triggers
Sometimes your heartburn triggers are all too clear. For instance, does a glass of orange juice or your morning latte tend to bring on the burn?
- When Medications Cause Heartburn
Here are some of the medications that are commonly linked to heartburn.
- If You Have a Hiatal Hernia...
Learn about the little-understood link between this condition and heartburn.
- 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.
Heartburn Advice from the Experts
- I'm fine during the day, but heartburn makes it hard for me to fall asleep. What can I do to avoid nighttime heartburn?
You're not alone! Many heartburn sufferers experience symptoms mainly or only at night. There are some basic lifestyle adjustments you can make to help.
- I often get a sore throat, and even contracted laryngitis twice in the past year. Is this related to my heartburn?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is most often experienced as heartburn but can cause other symptoms as well.
- With heartburn, I often feel a pain in my chest. Why?
As acid refluxes from your stomach into your esophagus, it's not unusual for heartburn to be felt as a burning chest pain
- I take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for arthritis pain. Can this cause heartburn?
An NSAID such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium may have a number of side effects, including heartburn, abdominal pain and, in some cases, ulcers.