Burning Questions about Soothing Acid Reflux

The esophagus lies just behind the heart, so heartburn can be confused with a heart problem. One important difference is that heartburn usually does not start or worsen with physical activity, while pain related to the heart often comes on with exertion (angina). Stomach acid making its way into the mouth from gastroesophageal reflux disease may cause tongue burn.

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Other nerves that are stimulated do not produce pain. Instead, they stimulate yet other nerves that provoke coughing.

I was told to follow up with my primary care doctor and get treatment. She put me on a proton pump inhibitor and I can’t tell you how amazing it was – I took the first pill, and that night for the first time in years I didn’t have heartburn!

Respiratory problems. People with silent reflux can experience wheezing or difficulty catching their breath as a result of airway irritation due to acid reflux. LPR can often exacerbate underlying asthma and make it more difficult to treat. If you have burning pain in your throat it might be a sign of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) or silent reflux. Sometimes acid reflux presents without heartburn, causing what is known as silent reflux.

burning tongue caused by acid reflux

In some cases, you may feel a burning sensation on your tongue without an actual burn. This condition may be burning mouth syndrome, which is also known as idiopathic glossopyrosis. In an interview I conducted with Dr. Christopher Chang, he stated that reflux might be the cause of this type of laryngeal sensory neuropathy. This is a disease in which the nerves of the larynx (voicebox) are damaged.

They are emptied from the empty stomach quickly, in less than an hour, and the acid then re-accumulates. The best way to take antacids, therefore, is approximately one hour after meals, which is just before the symptoms of reflux begin after a meal. Since the food from meals slows the emptying from the stomach, an antacid taken after a meal stays in the stomach longer and is effective longer. For the same reason, a second dose of antacids approximately two hours after a meal takes advantage of the continuing post-meal slower emptying of the stomach and replenishes the acid-neutralizing capacity within the stomach. GERD or acid reflux symptoms are caused by the regurgitation of acidic liquid stomach contents back up into the esophagus.

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I just started buying big bottles of antacids and sleeping on a pile of pillows to elevate my head. I put on too much weight during grad school, and between eating a students’ poor diet, the excess weight, and the stress, heartburn became just a way of life. When I got home, I had to go on a bland diet.

He was shocked that I had never even mentioned it! I consider myself an educated person but that was the first time I heard that long term heartburn can be a sign of GERD, and that going too long untreated, GERD can lead to esophageal cancer. I hate the fact that I can’t have coffee, tomatoes, spicy food or a glass of wine every now and then. I am very health conscious and follow mostly a vegetarian diet with the occasional “fish” treat but the fact that I have food restrictions doesn’t sit well with me, especially if we’re talking about foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits which are so delicious and good for you. I know that I should not be eating late at night and should only have small meals but I’m human and sometimes I crave these foods and want to have them but boy, do I suffer the consequences!

By the time I was 18 and starting my first year of college, the heartburn was so bad that I could no longer sleep laying down and had to prop a pillow up against the wall near my bed and attempt to get a couple hours of sleep every night. Eventually the heartburn became so bad that I was experiencing it all day long and not just at night time. When I was 19 I went to see a gastroenterologist who did an upper endoscopy and diagnosed me with GERD and told me that I had esophageal ulcers. Between the age of 19 and now at age 27 I have tried almost every single medication that is out there for GERD. They all worked great for a while and then after a year or so they would stop being effective.

burning tongue caused by acid reflux

The advantage of a PPI over an H2 antagonist is that the PPI shuts off acid production more completely and for a longer period of time. Not only is the PPI good for treating the symptom of heartburn, but it also is good for protecting the esophagus from acid so that esophageal inflammation can heal.

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