In the evenings, after eating, or when bending over or lying down, do you experience the searing pain of heartburn? Caused by digestive issues, heartburn presents as a burning pain in your chest, with the feeling focused in the area just behind your breastbone.
If you only have heartburn every now and again, you probably don’t need to be concerned. However, some people find their lives constrained by frequent heartburn. If you have frequent heartburn that’s interfering with your quality of life, it might be time to seek professional medical support for your condition.
At BCS Medical, our expert healthcare team treats new and existing patients with persistent heartburn concerns from our Bryan, Texas offices. Here’s what our team wants you to know about the symptoms and treatment options of frequent heartburn, and when to reach out for medical assistance with managing your condition.
Heartburn happens because of misplaced acid, normally a natural part of your digestive system. Acids in your stomach work to break down and digest the food you eat. If you have heartburn, the acid from your stomach backs up into your esophagus, the tube connecting your mouth and your stomach, causing you to feel sensations of pain in your chest.
Heartburn is sometimes known as acid reflux. You may also experience symptoms, like an acid-like or bitter flavor in your mouth.
Certain types of food can trigger heartburn attacks. You may benefit from avoiding or limiting your consumption of foods and beverages including:
- Fried or fatty foods, or large heavy meals
- Spicy foods
- Tomato products
- Coffee and alcohol
Because heartburn relates to your digestion, you may be able to relieve the problem by adjusting your diet or eating schedule.
Soothing your heartburn symptoms
Over-the-counter treatments are available to soothe an occasional case of heartburn. However, persistent or severe heartburn can also indicate real health concerns, in addition to constraining your quality of life. If your symptoms recur more than twice a week, and persist even after using over-the-counter medications, you should schedule a consultation with a medical professional.
Persistent or severe heartburn can be a symptom of conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia. Prolonged or frequently repeated exposure to acid can also cause long-term damage to your esophagus. With the right diagnosis and treatment support, you can avoid damage from persistent heartburn.
At BCS Medical, our experienced care team can recommend the best treatment options for your heartburn. We may recommend:
- H2-blocker medication to reduce your acid levels
- Prescription-strength antacid medication to control your acid reflux
- For severe cases, minimally invasive surgical treatment to repair your lower esophagus
To speak to the professionals at BCS Medical, schedule an initial consultation appointment today. You can book your appointment over the phone, or with our online tool. You may also benefit from telehealth treatment.