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shortnsweet9
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   Posted 12/13/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had heartburn a few times in the past, but back in October I had a day where the heartburn was pretty much unbearable, and since then I have had it every day. Some days it is not as bad as others, but sometimes it's terrible. The first time I had it in October it also felt like there was a lump in my throat and when I tried to eat it felt like the food burned back up into my throat and mouth. I had that lump feeling in my throat for a few days. The weird thing is that I seem to get the heartburn at the same time every single day, regardless of what I eat (or don't eat). I can eat breakfast and be fine, and then eat lunch and by 2:00-3:00 the heartburn hits hard. It usually subsides around 6:00 or so, but occasionally comes back after dinner. Is this normal? Does anyone else get heartburn at a certain time of day?

The only thing I have been taking is Rolaids when it first starts, which really don't seem to do much and I should probably take something stronger, but medication makes me nervous and I don't like taking anything that I don't know much about. I know what some of the triggers can be and I do not drink coffee (never have), rarely drink soda, and have cut out my OJ and other acidic foods. I know alcohol triggers it too and I made the huge mistake of having 2 glasses of wine at our office holiday party...I was up ALL night with the burning in my chest, and when I finally fell asleep I woke up a little bit later with some nasty tasting liquid in my mouth. It really scared me and that's why I'm now seeking more information about this.

I just can't figure it out, it doesn't seem to matter what I eat. Peanut butter sandwich = heartburn, chicken noodle soup = heartburn, crackers and water = heartburn! I also have no idea why it just popped up in October and has stayed with me ever since. Should I see a doctor?

Any thoughts/advice on this would be really helpful!

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 12/14/2007 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there short. I am sorry you are feeling this. It is normal for people to get heartburn at certain times of the day. Can you eat lunch earlier than 2 or 3? The reason I ask is because it is easier for acid to act up on an empty stomach, so it is best to eat several small meals throughout the day, rather than 3 regular meals. If you constantly keep food in your stomach, you will have less chance of heartburn.

You ask if you should see a doctor, and my answer is, yes, definately. A doctor can help you figure out what is going on, and give you the relief you need. There is no reason to suffer needlessley!

Also, as apposed to Rolaids...you could try a liquid antacid. Some say those work better, as they coat your throat and your stomach.

Please, keep us updated as to how you are feeling, and let us know if you go to the doctor!
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shortnsweet9
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   Posted 12/14/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tammy,

Thanks for the response. Just to clarify, I'm not eating lunch at 2 or 3, the heartburn just starts at 2 or 3. Normally I will eat breakfast around 8:00, a snack around 10:00 and then lunch between 12:00 - 1:00. Then I get the heartburn at 2 or 3. I have tried not eating as much and eating more small meals/snacks but neither seems to make a big difference. I know I should go to the doctor but I hate going to the doctor at this time of year -- I feel like I'm going to pick up something worse than I went in with, as terrible as that sounds. The liquid antacid is a good idea, I'll have to pick some up at the store and see if that helps.

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 12/16/2007 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Short...I did misread the part about when you eat lunch, I apologize! Seems like you are eating how you should be.

Let me know how the liquid antacid thing goes.

If you don't find much relief with that, I know you are going to hate what I say, but then it is doctor time. Go after the 1st of the year. I also worry about getting sick while in a doctors office or in the hospital as well, but look at it this way...you will get the help you need, eventhough it sucks to have to go at all.

I do hope the liquid antacids work for you.

Again, let me know!

Best Wishes!
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Mr.T
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   Posted 12/17/2007 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   

hello Short,

I went through the same thing for years. No matter what I ate it caused me problems.  I ended up eating rolaids, tums and chewable immodium(I know it's for diareah, but it helped).  I did everything to avoid the doctor and that was a big mistake.  The acid ended up eating holes in my esophagus and it got to the point where I could not eat anything or drink anything without heart burn.  At night the acid would race up my throat and I just kept on masking the problem with antacids.  Please see a doctor before you have a bigger problem, plus the medicine they give you can really change your life for the better.  No one likes to take medicine, but sometimes we must.  I hope that you will take our advice and see a doctor.  I had open fundo last February as a last resort and due to the damage done.  Best of luck to you and hang in there.  Let us know how things are going.


mammaMia
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   Posted 12/17/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I agree with you Mr T. Samething with me. I waited to long and thought I could handle it on my own. It all came back to kick me in the rear. Go to the Dr and if you need med or meds try them. I was stubborn to much in fact. Went to Dr went on meds, then thought Oh I can handle this on my own as well. That was not the smartest thing for me to do. I ended up in more trouble. Go to the Dr and see what is going on with you and get the help you need. Don`t second guess as that can come right back on you.

Take care all and best of health to each and everyone you.

Mia
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