Acid Reflux Chest Pain

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Acid reflux is a common disorder that may affect an individual once or frequently, depending on what causes the digestive problem. One of the most common symptoms of acid reflux is heartburn, which is characterized by a pain in the chest, usually similar to a burning sensation, which is caused by the acid that rises up from the stomach to the esophagus at the area behind the breast bone.

Some people think that their chest pains are caused by acid reflux. This may or may not be true, and it is important to know this because there are other diseases associated with chest pains. Some of these are cardiovascular problems. In order for a person to know which kind of chest pain he is experiencing, let us first explore the different cases with which chest pain is associated.

If the chest pain is caused by acid reflux, there are more symptoms that should accompany it. Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is the main reason for chronic heartburn or pain in the chest. As stated earlier, it is caused by the rise of stomach acids to the esophagus. But this is not the only sign of GERD. Usually, having acid reflux means experiencing frequent stomach pains, discomfort while eating, bloated feeling in the stomach, regurgitation of stomach acids, vomiting, and nausea. Since the root cause of GERD is excessive acidity, it may be cured by taking antacids, proton pump inhibitors, or H2 inhibitors.

Diet alterations are also helpful in eliminating the effects of GERD, including the heartburn resulting to chest pain. Avoid acidic foods like dairy products, caffeinated foods and beverages, carbonated drinks, citrus fruits, oily foods, fatty foods, and tomato-based foods and dishes. Drink plenty of water and eat frequently in small meals. Chew your food properly and stay upright after eating to prevent the stomach acids to go back up to the esophagus. Lying down or sleeping is very unadvisable for GERD sufferers. It is also good to sleep with the head elevated to prevent the onset of GERD during sleep.

However, if the chest pain is not associated with acidity or other factors which are stated in the symptoms of GERD, it may not be acidity at all. An individual should be able to differentiate an acid reflux chest pain from chest pain that is caused by a different problem, like heart disease or even heart attack. To know more about the symptoms of a chest pain caused by heart attack, a few of them will be discussed further.

When you’re having a heart attack, once you feel the chest pain, you will also feel the breakout of very cold sweat from your body. The pain from the chest rises up to the jaw, shoulders, and arms, and when you move or exert any effort, the pain increases. Shortness of breath and a heavy fatigued feeling are also some signs of heart attack. Nausea and vomiting can occur and you may turn very pale. You might even fall down on the floor because of the weakness that the pain brings to your body.

If you have an unexplainable chest pain or heartburn, try taking an antacid like gaviscon. When the pain is still present after several minutes and is even getting worse, call a doctor or go to a hospital because the problem may no longer be associated with acidity.

A person, especially an adult in the middle to late stages of life, should always be conscious about his health. Eating healthy foods, avoiding vices that could be harmful to the health, and staying in shape by exercising and practicing yoga and other aerobic activities are some habits that you should have even at a young age, so that you will grow old without the fear of experiencing any health problems and disorders.