I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I am a 45 year old female who has been experiencing extreme heartburn over the last year or so. I do not get it frequently though. I won't have any issues at all for months and then BAM! something will trigger it and I will have a burning, squeezing sensation below my breastbone that I can't seem to get under control. I take Tums and it doesn't help much. I went to my primary doctor about 6 months ago and he told me that if I don't get heartburn two or more times a week that I can just take OTC meds. He suggested using Zantac. I purchased that and it does help a little when this happens, but not much. Last week I had quesadilla's with a spicy salsa that seemed to set my heartburn off. It hurt for a couple of days and then finally subsided. I was fine until yesterday when I stupidly used some cocktail sauce. After that I felt like someone was squeezing my chest tight and I felt burning. I took tums, Zantac, and I even tried Alka Seltzer. Nothing worked. I feel a bit better today, but I still feel it. I think I'm compounding the problem because I have health anxiety and when I started feeling bad I got worried about it and my chest felt even tighter. Anyways, can anyone relate to this? What did you do about it? I will go back to eating food that is low in acid, but I don't understand why sometimes I can eat whatever I want and be fine. I'm not even certain if food is the issue. I was also taking Ibuprofen at least once a day for the last week and I am wondering if I could possibly have a peptic ulcer. Are there things I can try before I break down and pay for extensive GI Testing? Thanks!