Heartburn Isn't a Cancer Sentence
Over time, heartburn can wear down the lining of your esophagus. This can put you at risk for cancer. But is the risk really that high?
Drugs Can't Keep the Liquids Down
Heartburn and regurgitation (when stomach fluids rise back to the mouth) are the usual signs of acid reflux disease. The most popular acid reflux drugs may work well to stop heartburn, regurgitations is another story.
Take the Pill or Go under the Knife?
In many cases, there is more than one way to fight a health problem. Some may work better than others. But when dealing with acid reflux (the condition that causes heartburn), both drugs and surgery helped patients.
Stopping the Burn Might Break a Bone
It's important to take care of your heartburn because it could lead to worse problems, including cancer. Doctors often give patients certain drugs for their heartburn. Yet, like many other drugs, heartburn medications can have some serious side effects.
Talk with Your Doc
Talking with your doctor is important when you're dealing with any health problem. If you and your doctor have good communication, you will have an easier time taking care of your health. Not talking with you doctor can make your problems worse.
Cleaning Out Barrett's Esophagus
Heartburn can badly damage the lining of your esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach). This damage can raise your risk for cancer. Now, researchers say there is a safe way to fix this damage.
Fixing Heartburn: No Need for the Knife
For some people, dealing with their heartburn is as easy as taking an over-the-counter drug. For others the problem is severe enough to require surgery to fix their heartburn. However, doctors have a way to get rid of heartburn without making patients go under the knife.
Your Heart's Not Really Burning
"I got heartburn during my second pregnancy," Marcy tells dailyRx.com. "It felt like fire in my throat. My doctor told me that the baby was pushing up on my stomach." Some years later, Marcy said it returned. "I quit smoking in 2006 and gained a lot of weight, and it kicked in for real - like every night or when I lay down - here it came. In the middle of the night, this vile bitter vomit would come up, wake me up and go into my nose. It was awful." What she's talking about is a serious form of heartburn.
Gut Goes Crazy from Exercise
Endurance athletes are know to push their bodies to the limit. This may be the reason that the most common health issues of endurance athletes are overuse injuries. However, heartburn problems are becoming common among these athletes.
Heartburn Drug Clogs the Pipes
The FDA is warning health care professionals that Teva - a drug used to treat gut problems like heartburn - can clog syringes and feeding tubes, which can end up harming patients.