What Does Heartburn Feel Like?

Heartburn is an uncomfortable burning sensation in the esophagus and chest, often located behind the sternum or breastbone.

In this post, we’re going to see how the online program, Heartburn No More, by Jeff Martin, can help you get over the problem.

People often describe the pain as coming in waves, starting in the chest, and sometimes making its way as far up the neck like the throat and jaw.

The unpleasant sensation of burning in the chest may last from a few minutes to as long as several hours and frequently gets worse when the individual concerned bends over or lies down.

And if you have heartburn you may also experience a sensation of food sticking in the throat when you try to swallow.

Of course, the word heartburn actually has nothing to do with the heart, because the condition is usually linked to acid reflux or the regurgitation of gastric acid.

So how can you ensure you have heartburn no more?

Many people experience heartburn from time to time, but it’s only when it becomes a regular problem, or starts to seriously affect a person’s life, that medical intervention may be necessary.

(Occasionally similar symptoms are caused by ischemic heart disease, so it’s important that if there is any doubt about the cause of the pain, it is investigated by a doctor.)

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What Is The Cause Of Heartburn?

In many cases, heartburn is the result of a weakness in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). During swallowing, the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes, allowing the passage of food and liquid into the stomach.

Normally this sphincter then closes again, preventing gastric acids moving back up into the esophagus. In effect, the lower esophageal sphincter is a muscular valve right above the stomach which should keep food and stomach acid where it’s meant to be – in the stomach.

However, sometimes weakness or damage can develop in the muscle tissues, and then you have an inefficient valve. This allows stomach contents and stomach acid to move up into the esophagus, a process known as “acid reflux”.

The acid will burn and damage the tissues of the esophagus, which are not designed to withstand high levels of acidity. 

Conditions that cause the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to fail in its role as a valve include weakness of the LES muscle or an extra-large opening (hiatus) in the diaphragm where the esophagus passes through into the stomach.

When this happens, the stomach may move back and forth through the opening, a situation known as a hiatus or hiatal hernia. Hiatal hernias are often associated with acid reflux and the resulting acid pain – which Heartburn No More can sort out – because they contribute to the weakness of the LES.

Clearly, with an inefficient LES, symptoms of acid regurgitation may well be worse when a person bends over or lies down.

Repeated reflux of stomach acid is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD for short.

Heartburn Treatment

Heartburn No More – A Holistic Remedy

Tests to determine whether or not heartburn is a sign of acid reflux, a hiatal hernia (this is explained below), or GERD, may include a barium swallow, endoscopy, pH tests, esophageal motility testing, and esophageal manometry.

Treatment options for heartburn depend to some degree on what’s causing it.

In most cases, however, a number of simple diet and lifestyle factors can make a huge difference to the occurrence of reflux and the resulting pain.

This is what is called a holistic approach as it covers every aspect of your life, and the best summary of this kind of treatment that I can find is in an EBook called Heartburn No More, written by Jeff Martin and published by Higher Ways Publishing. [Higher Ways Publishing, Inc. Irvine, CA 92612]

What you can do to help yourself:

1) Smoking is known to be a major cause of acid reflux, and it also weakens the lower esophageal sphincter.

2) Certain foods may trigger heartburn in certain individuals — the usual suspects here include fatty or spicy foods, acidic foods, coffee, and alcohol.

If you have symptoms of heartburn you can help yourself by identifying those foods which trigger an attack and either cutting down or avoiding them altogether.

3) Other advice is classically given to lessen the intensity of the symptoms of heartburn including eating smaller meals more often, and not eating for at least three hours before going to bed. It may also be helpful to raise the head of the bed by a few inches so that gravity can assist in keeping stomach acid inside the stomach.

4) Over-the-counter medications include antacids, hydrogen antagonists, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Both of the latter have proved very effective at lessening the symptoms of acid regurgitation.

5) Follow the links in the right-hand column to find out more about the best heartburn home remedy of all – Heartburn No More!