I am 28 years old and I the last time I experienced heartburn was when I was pregnant back in 2007. My eating habits are the same as they have always been. Is this something normal to get heartburn out of the blue?
I'll take a different angle on your heat burn--You say that you're eating the same, but stress could be causing your body to re-act differently. Are you having a snack, carbonated drink-soda-beer-champagne, after 6 pm? Also sugary things mixed with stomach acid causes fermentation that creates heart burn, then fried foods, real salty snacks like potato chips, etc. We're all different so each person would have other recommendations. They say to stop eating about 4 hours before bed time. Perhaps your sleeping position has changed-they recommend propping the top part of the body up with pillows, or putting some bricks under the head boards legs. If you can't sleep on your back, I've found that sleeping on my left side reduces discomfort from heart burn. You didn't say anything about meds. I've found that many OTC meds for flu, congestion, coughing, colds, etc seem to set the stomach irritation off. Wed.
my doctor told me that these meds cause the thyroid gland to be more active, which also includes extra stomach acid. If you are taking OTC for a cold or respiratory problem- Ask a pharmacist for something that's a pure antihistamine. A person can't ask for benadryl anymore-legal issues-and clerks don't seem to know. For coughs- you can take lemon cough drops or make a mixture of warm honey and fresh lemon juice in some tea. It's very good for the flu too. I wish you luck. I guess that I'm lucky-most of the time, I've had good family practitioners that handled things like this quite well. Also-it speeds up the process in getting actual care from a specialist, if you can say-I put bricks under the head board legs on (date) and it didn't help-I didn't eat anything after 6 or 7 pm. Or tell your doctor those things-It helps in getting a good referral.
Good luck and keep us updated on what works. One way to tell if you have your valve between your stomach and throat burnt- is that tums, mylanta, etc. burns just after you take it. Then several hours later, you get some relief. If that's happening to you- tell your doctor-if your doctor has a blank stare-get a new doctor or get into GI as quickly as you can. Mylanta was agony for me. Then I finally got a doctor that knew what was going on. Today they can see the burns on a CAT scan. Good luck- I need to walk my dog a little bit.
Meyati has given you very good suggestions. You shouldn't ear at least four hours before going to bed. It also might help to prop up the head of your bed. Each time you wake up with GERD, which is what you are describing, you do damage to your esophagus. A few days is not going to hurt you, but if this keeps up, you do need to talk to your doctor. People who ignore GERD can get something called Barrett's esophagus, which is cancer, and very difficult to cure. I don't mean to scare you, because you are just experiencing this for a few days, but I want to let you know WHY you shouldn't ignore this. Follow the above advice, but if it doesn't get better, call your doctor. Best wishes to you.
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