Hi and welcome to HealingWell, Pat!!
I have GERD and Barrett's esophagus, so I guess I can sort of tell you a bit...heartburn is a symptom of gastric reflux, where a little flap on the top of the stomach (called the LES), or lower esophageal sphincter is supposed to close and doesn't...causing bile and undigested food products to come back up the esophagus. That's what causes the burning feeling. If this is a continuous event, it's usually due to a hiatal hernia or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). It can even be esophageal spasms. This may cause different things in different people. I actually thought one time that I was having angina from it, as the pain radiated from my chest to my neck to my left arm! The medication that you are on should help with this. You may want to ask for a barium swallow test, to show what exactly is causing this problem!!
Take care and best wishes, Teri :)
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