How To Recognize The Symptoms Of Persistent Heartburn

Published: 05th April 2007
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Heartburn is such a common condition which many people associate with something they've eaten which is true in a lot of cases. However, for persistent heartburn sufferers, the problem goes a little deeper than that in fact, regular episodes, at least twice a week,could mean there may be something more serious going on.



Seeking the opinion of your doctor is a good first step but before we look at what you should discuss let's take a look at what constant heartburn symptoms mean.



Symptoms Of Persistent Heartburn



Persistent heartburn means you are experiencing symptoms at least twice week and means something more sinister could be at play. Heartburn is a symptom of GERD and other tell tale signs include:



- difficulty swallowing

- food travelling back into the mouth after swallowing

- burning chest pain

- coughing and sore throat



Obviously seeking medical advice is the best alternative because unchecked, more serious complications could arise. Acid rising back into the esophageal can lead to serious damage overtime. Constant heartburn not treated could result in ulcers in the esophageal or stricture which means the esophageal narrows over time. Worst case scenario may be developing Barrett's esophagus which in turn could result to esophageal cancer.



Evaluating Persistent Heartburn



If you have tried over the counter medications and they are not having any effect, put your money back in your pocket and see your doctor. Before you make an appointment make a list of things you need to discuss. Here's a shortlist:



- Identify the triggers which correlate with your heartburn symptoms.



- Ask your doctor what changes you need to make. Talk about your lifestyle and the type of foods you eat.



- Are you a heavy coffee drinker or regularly drink certain types of alcohol? Are you a smoker?



- If you have tried lifestyle alterations then talk about what medications may be available. Are they safe for long term use and are they available by prescription only.



- If you are about to be prescribed medication ask your doctor if it will react with other medications.



Talk about how persistent your attacks are and the symptoms associated with them. Your symptoms may be different to another person. Most importantly, you need to tell your doctor how long you have been suffering constant heartburn attacks.



If this is your first visit and you have been putting off making an appointment, then your doctor may want to do some more thorough examinations to determine if there is something more serious going on.



Persistent Heartburn Relief



If you suffer constant heartburn and are loathe to talk to your doctor, consider the risks without proper medical advice.



Self diagnosis can be a dangerous past time particularly if the treatment methods used only treat the symptoms. You have a number of medical medications available to you as apart from the common antacids, pump inhibitors and H2 blockers designed to prevent and neutralise acid production in the stomach, have proven effective. If your problem is a damaged esophagus then surgery options may need to be considered.



Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. You don't have to put up with persistent heartburnany longer! We tell you why. Plus, improve your quality of life with the latest heartburn and reflux news and reviews at:http://www.heartburnandyou.com


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