The symptoms of heartburn are hard to ignore. You've just eaten a big meal and your chest starts to hurt so much it feels like it's on fire. Heartburn is caused when acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus, causing an uncomfortable burning sensation. Almost everyone experiences heartburn at some point in their life.
Heartburn is common, and an occasional episode is generally nothing to worry about. However, many people battle heartburn — a burning sensation in the esophagus , just below or behind the breastbone — regularly, even daily. Frequent heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) — a disease in which stomach acid or occasionally bile flows back (refluxes) into your esophagus. Chronic heartburn can be a serious problem, and it deserves medical attention.
Heartburn can be triggered by eating the wrong foods - including acidic, spicy, or fatty food or even over-eating before bedtime. Most people can manage the discomfort of heartburn with lifestyle modifications and over-the-counter medications. But if heartburn is severe, these remedies may offer only temporary or partial relief. Heartburn may also be an indication of a medical condition such as Hiatus Hernia, or even pregnancy.
Generally it is lifestyle choices and habits that are to blame for heartburn, like undue stress, smoking, or drinking too much alcohol or caffeinated beverages. Exercises that involve lying down or bending over on a full stomach can also trigger heartburn or any exercises that cause increased pressure on the abdomen.
Heartburn from pressure on the abdomen also results from obesity and wearing tight clothes.
Occasional bouts of heartburn are considered normal and nothing to worry about.
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By Mortin - Copyright 2010
Last modification 05/02/2010