The alginic acid works by creating a mechanical barrier against the stomach acid, forming a foamy gel that sits at the top of the gastric pool itself. If you’re having chest pain, check with your doctor to make sure you’re not having a heart attack, says Walter J. Coyle, MD, gastroenterologist with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif. When stomach contents repeatedly back up into your esophagus, it can cause a variety of symptoms. Symptoms depend on what organs are affected by the stomach acid. Not everyone with acid reflux will have the same symptoms.
Antacids provide rapid but short-term relief by reducing the acidity of the stomach contents. Ambulatory pH testing: This test measures the acidity in the esophagus via a small tube that goes through the nose into the stomach. Although GERD can limit daily activities and productivity, it is rarely life-threatening. With an understanding of the causes and proper treatment, most people will find relief. Heartburn-like pain is a common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). But several other conditions can cause a burning feeling in your chest.
Heartburn is most common after meals, but can also awaken people while they are sleeping. Some people experience regurgitation. This is the feeling of liquid, food, or bile moving up your throat, rather than down. In some cases, people may even vomit However, vomiting is rare in adults. Problems swallowing is a symptom of acid reflux, but may be caused by something else. Be sure to chew food thoroughly (40 chews is good) and mix it with a lot of saliva. Saliva contains compounds (enzymes) that begin the digestion process.
Pregnancy tends to aggravate heartburn because the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is weakened during pregnancy. This weakened (LES) resolves after delivery of the baby. Pregnancy also distorts the organs in the abdomen and the increased abdominal pressure from the growing fetus causes heartburn. These changes promote the reflux of acid and heartburn. It happens when some of the acidic stomach contents go back up into the esophagus. Fatty foods, fried foods, and some acidic foods (oranges, grapefruits, tomatoes) as well as spicy foods can cause heartburn.