Have Heartburn? Talk to Your Doctor about These 7 Medicine-free Solutions

July 1, 2019

Have Heartburn?  Talk to Your Doctor about These 7 Medicine-free Solutions

Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD.) It happens when the muscle – the lower esophageal sphincter – that connects your esophagus to your stomach weakens, allowing stomach acid to back up into your throat. The sphincter opens to let food into the stomach and closes to keep food in the stomach. Chronic heartburn can result in symptoms such as vomiting. A gastroenterology and surgical team can help determine what is the best treatment for individual cases of GERD. Always consult with your doctor about what over the counter or prescriptions medicines to take, or whether these medicine-free solutions are right for you.

  1. 1. Don't have foods or drinks that make your heartburn worse. Common culprits include coffee, citrus fruits, tomato-based dishes and spicy foods.
  2. 2. Don’t smoke; if you do, ask your healthcare provider for resources that can help you quit.
  3. 3. To relieve pain, take acetaminophen. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can irritate your stomach.
  4. 4. Don’t wear tight-fitting clothing.
  5. 5. Don't over eat. Eat small meals throughout the day. Stop eating at least two to three hours before going to sleep.
  6. 6. Lose weight if you're overweight.
  7. 7. When in bed, raise your head six inches above your stomach with a wedge support.

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