If your answer is "YES" to two or more of the following questions, you may have Heartburn.
1) Do you frequently have one or more of the following:
- An uncomfortable feeling behind the breastbone that seems to be moving upward from the stomach?
- A burning sensation in the back of your throat?
- A bitter acid taste in your mouth?
2) Do you often experience these problems after meals?
3) Do you experience heartburn or acid indigestion two or more times per week?
4) Do you find that antacids only provide temporary relief from your symptoms?
5) Are you taking prescription medication to treat heartburn, but still having symptoms?
Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart – it is a digestive problem that most of us might have suffered at one time or another. It is pain that occurs behind the breast bone, often described as ‘burning’ in quality. This pain can also be felt at the same level in the mid-line of the back. Heartburn is generally related to meals and posture and can often be relieved by remedies for indigestion.
Heartburn is a discomfort or pain caused by the stomach contents regurgitating from the stomach up into the gullet (oesophagus). The oesophagus is not made to withstand acid and is thus irritated and inflamed when acid from the stomach refluxes into it. This is known as reflux oesophagitis.