reply to post by Isittruee
I know someone told you milk was a good idea, but in reality, it makes it worse, so you are actually not helping with the milk.
You can safely cut that out, before you see someone.
Think about it. What would you imagine happens when you pour milk into acid? It sours, and it curdles. Milk is hard enough on normal digestion, but
add it to an acid, upset, hot pepper/hot sauce stomach, and it is like stirring the pot. Fat in milk also stimulates MORE stomach acid.
A lot of people think milk settles the stomach, when in fact, it is hard, especially if you already have the beginnings of ulcers. It will cause all
that bad acid to further aggrivate your symptoms, increasing not only the heartburn, but discomfort as it increases the burn on those tender spots.
Take an antacid before you eat. Treat yourself proactively, not retroactively. Lay off on the spicy foods for a while, and give yourself a chance to
Eat at least 4 hours before you go to bed.
Yes, smoking makes it worse, but, if you treat yourself proactively, knock off spicy foods, eat at least 4 hours before bed, you can likely continue
Just be aware. Heartburn, acid that bubbles up into the esophagous, can he very dangerous. It can cause esophogeal ulcers, and they can eventually
perforate through the esophagous. The esophagous does not have the same mucus lining the stomach does, for protection. This is why it hurts.
You can also make yourself get what is known as esophogeal varices, which is akin to hemorrhoids in your esophagous. These can be fatal if they
rupture, causing you to bleed to death.
Take the advice above, and if you have continued symptoms, get to a gastro pretty quick. If you follow the advice above, you should have relief within
Esophogeal ulcers and varices can be silent killers, especially if you drink, or take Advil frequently, or other NSAIDS.
If you ignore the problem and continue in your ways, you will have to quit smoking, as well.
1. Eat small, frequent meals
2. Cut out sodas, caffiene, chocolate, especially before bedtime, if you must. If you crave sodas, try gingerale. Ginger soothes acid stomachs, but
again, well before bedtime. Get real gingerale, not fake stuff.
3. Oatmeal helps. You can eat oatmeal any time, even after dinner. Don't add sugar and milk!
4. Less fatty meats, fried foods, more fish, chicken, turkey, and green vegetables.
5. Melon soothes an acid stomach, as does parsely, best fresh, and fennel.
6. Cut out alcohol.
7. Lose some weight if you need to. Even a little helps.
8. Don't wear tight clothes. Lose that weight, or buy some bigger clothes.
9. Raise the head of the bed with some books under the legs, or foam triangles under the mattress. It doesn't have to be high.
10. If you take an antacid, make sure it has calcium, or take a calcium added supplement. Calcium helps eliminate acid. Tumms with calcium are
excellent. Take as directed.
Antacids are a personal preference, but H2 blockers, like Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid OTC, actually change your system by inhibiting proton pumps that
make acid. While this sounds good, they have many side effects, some rare. You can experience hair loss (alopecia) from Nexium, migraine headaches
from Zantac, and Tagamet actually affects your histamine production. Histamine is how you respond to allergens. This can lead to immune system
problems, and possibly food allergies, so take those drugs under the advice of a physician. They may be over the counter, but don't take that for
granted. They can still have bad, unwanted side effects. Not to mention the way they alter your body function.
Always best to go natural, if you can. Meds should be the last straw.
Good luck, and any time your body says something is really wrong, don't ignore it.
Anxiety, denial, and cloudy judgment are some of the most common and least well-known signs of heart attack.
Men often present with heart attacks as indigestion and heartburn. Men and women both also present with denial. Women often present with back pain.
In the real world however, heart attacks are not always that dramatic. Instead, your heart attack can produce vague stomach pain, indigestion, or
Above all, you recognize you have an ongoing problem, now it is time to do something, before it gets worse.
Take care of yourself, and stay around a lot longer.
edit on 19-12-2013 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)