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Diagnostics Tests, Treatments and Lifestyle Remedies for Heartburn

If you are are experiencing heartburn that just won't go away it could be something more serious. It could be gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Do go see your doctor, he or she will be able to do diagnosis testing to see if your heartburn is simply heartburn or a symptom of GERD.

If you are are experiencing heartburn that just won't go away it could be something more serious. It could be gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Do go see your doctor, he or she will be able to do diagnosis testing to see if your heartburn is simply heartburn or a symptom of GERD.

Tests for Heartburn

Test for heartburn usually include an upper digestive track x-ray known as a barium swallow or upper GI series. In this test you will be asked to drink a chalky substance which outlines your stomach, esophagus and upper intestine.

Endoscopy

This is a flexible tube with a camera attached, which is inserted down the throat. The doctor can view your stomach and esophagus. The tube can also slice a piece of tissue for a biopsy if it is necessary.

Ambulatory acid (pH) probe tests

These probe tests measure the amount of acid in your esophagus and how long it stays there. The tube is inserted through the nose, and may have a clip that is attached to your esophagus which will eventually pass through your stomach. Or another kind tubing has a camera which attaches on the outside to a strap your shoulder or waist.

Esophageal motility test

This test measures the movement of the esophagus. It also measures the pressure. This test requires a tube that is also inserted through the nose.

Medications

Anti acids

For simple heartburn over the counter anti-acids such as Maalox, Tums, Mylanta, Rolaids and Gelusil will relieve the symptoms. However, they cannot repair a damaged esophagus. They can also cause side effects such as diarrhea and constipation.

H-2-receptor blockers

Then there are medications (H-2-receptor blockers) to reduce the production of acid such as: Tagamet, Zantac, and Pepcide AD. They are slower acting then the anti-acids but they are available in prescription form and are stronger medications.

Proton pump inhibitors

A third kind of medication such as Prevacid 24 HR will block the acid production and help to heal the damaged esophagus.

Note: Proton pump inhibitors are not recommended for people over 50. They have been associated with risk of fractures of the hip, wrist and spine fractures.

Lifestyle changes that can quell the symptoms of heartburn

Maintain a healthy weight

Wear loose clothing

Avoid onions, garlic, mint, chocolate, tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, vinegar, alcohol, caffeine, fried and fatty foods.

Eat smaller portions

Don't eat before going to bed, wait at least three hours after eating to go to bed.

Raise your head when sleeping, or put a wedge under your mattress; but don't try to raise your head with pillows that does not work.

Don't smoke

Stress and anxiety often trigger heartburn, try to relax if that is possible. Take aromatherapy baths,  try relaxation techniques such as guided imagery, hypnosis, tai chi and exercise. Living a healthy less stressful life can reduce many physical symptoms of many different medical conditions.

Source:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heartburn-gerd/DS00095/DSECTION=alternative-medicine

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Comments (7)

Described so well and with needed info. Valuable post. thank you. Promoted.

Well done, nice share. Thanks.

thank you Roberta and Michael

Excellent presentation as always Carol.

Great health information on a topic that seems to affect so many people now than it did years ago, promoted!

yep there is not too many people who haven\t had heartburn at least once in their lives

Excellent exposition of the diagnostic tests and remedies about heartburn.Voted.

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