What does Heartburn Feel like?
Heartburn disease can be easily diagnosed, thus easily answering the question, how do you know if you have heartburn, for the millions of sufferers of this condition who are not aware of it.
Basic symptoms of heartburn
The basic symptoms of heartburn are a burning feeling in the upper region of the chest which is usually painful and an unnecessary irritation.
Sometimes, the symptoms can include the regurgitation of acid, all the way to the back of the mouth, usually tasting bad.
Advanced symptoms of heartburn
Although the basic symptoms above account for the vast majority of heartburn cases, there are other symptoms which can be noticeable on occasions.
Sometimes, the burning feeling in the chest can spread further afield.
Also, sufferers can experience hoarseness of voice when waking, or difficulty swallowing. For some, this can also feel like there is an obstruction in the throat.
Heart attack or heartburn?
Heartburn actually has nothing to do with the organ itself, the heart. Do not confuse the symptoms of heartburn with those of a heart attack.
Sufferers can experience symptoms of heartburn on a regular basis, unlike those of a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms usually, but not always, include a crushing pressure in the chest, dizziness, irregular pulse and dizziness. These symptoms are not usually associated with heartburn.
If in doubt about your symptoms, consult your doctor.
Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for sufferers of heartburn. The more popular treatments include:
- Antacids to “mop up” excess acid – popular and easily available
- Lifestyle changes such as sleeping arrangements (e.g. raising end of bed) and exercise
- Change in diet to eliminate and target problematic foods e.g. spicy foods
- Medicines that cut off acid production, both over and under the counter
- Rarely, surgery for advanced and prolonged cases