This occurs when the stomach contents back up into the esophagus (food pipe).
Heartburn is a burning sensation in the middle of the chest that can move up into the throat. It may be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Occasional episodes of heartburn or indigestion are common and usually do not that a person has GERD. The following can raise your chance of having symptoms due to reflux of stomach contents:
If your symptoms are mild, lifestyle changes can help prevent or control your symptoms.
If your heartburn appears to be related to one of your medications, check with your healthcare provider before you stop taking any medication. He or she may recommend an alternative medication or something to decrease your symptoms.
You may have acid reflux if you have persistent heartburn or indigestion. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives, and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).
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