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From time to time -- whether from fatigue, stress, illiness, or aging, our body uses to pain to signal us that it is having probems.

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Acid Reflux

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Acid reflux (medical name "GERD") use to be called "heartburn" because the pain -- a burning, itching, sharpness -- is often felt in the center of the chest. Other symptoms may include an acidic taste in the back of the mouth, often after burping.

Acid reflux is pain that results from stomach acids passing up the digestive track and eating away at the lining of the esophagus. Occasional acid reflux is only a minor discomfort, but persistent reflux can lead to much more serious medical conditions.

Treatment usually consists of:
  • taking an acid neutralizer like Maalox , Mylanta, Tums or other anti-acid. These products generally use calcium to counteract the acid.
  • lifestyle and diet changes, such as avoiding spicy and acidic (e.g., orange juice) foods to reduce stomach acid, avoiding chocolate and caffeinated coffee to prevent relaxation of the muscles that keep the acid in the stomach, wearing loose clothing to keep the stomach from being compressed, and staying upright for several hours after eating.
  • prescription drugs, such as Nexium or Prilosec, which chemically reduce the amount of acid the stomach creates
  • surgery to repair the valve that keeps the acid in the stomach

If you have persistent problems with acid reflux, consult your doctor for the best treatment for you.

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