Causes and Management of Heartburn Pain

Man holding his chest in pain

Sometimes people suffer with heartburn problems because they do not know what causes their problems nor what they can do to manage them properly. Because heartburn can be traced back to the gastroesophageal disease, people can start taking steps to correcting it by addressing these issues.

There are many different causes of heartburn. Some of which are considered to be more common than others. This is because heartburn may be caused by the foods that people consume and beverages that they drink.

Beverages

Caffeine beverages are considered to be major culprits in the creation of heartburn problems. This is because caffeine tends to irritate these problems. Caffeinated teas, coffee and sodas will often lead to exacerbating these problems. In some cases, people may also experience heartburn from eating dark chocolate because it contains caffeine too. It is also important to note that there are other beverages that causes heartburn as well. Some of the more commonly consumed are those that contain citrus or acid from vegetables.

Types of Foods

Since fatty and greasy foods can also slow down the digestive system, they can contribute greatly to a case of heartburn. Typically, these foods take a lot longer to move through the digestive system, and they may cause lots of discomfort to the esophagus and the stomach lining. Which means, these are foods that people should consider carefully before they consume them, or they should be avoided altogether.

Tobacco and Alcohol

Tobacco and alcohol are substances that should be avoided because they contain harmful chemicals as well. These chemicals can cause discomfort to the esophagus and the stomach lining.

Exercises

In some cases, a physician may have to assist in diagnosing the problem that the person is having. This is because some people may not have special problems with specific foods because the source of their problems may be due to the type of exercises that they perform on a daily basis. One in which involves during exercises that affects the stomach and its digestive processes. In specifics, stomach crunches because they are known for placing excess pressure in this area.
Managing the Heart Burn

Managing the heart burn does not have to be difficult. However, it is important to understand what to do and why. One of the first things that people should remember is watch the times in which they eat their last meal. Preferably, the person should eat their last meal, at least 2 to 3 hours prior to retiring to their bed. Laying down on a full stomach is simply a disaster for heartburn that’s waiting to happen.

It is also important to remember that overeating is also a major problem. This is because the food that the person eats will back up from their stomach into their esophagus. People should also make sure that they are eating meals slowly so that they wil have tie to digest properly. In any case, it is important to remember what the heartburn triggers are so that they can avoid them like the plague. Avoiding the triggers will not only eliminate the discomfort that the person feels, but also help to repair the heartburn problems.

Dr. Fandos M.D. is a pain management physician based in New York.

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