This question was answered on Wed 30, Apr 2014 09:04am by Dr.Kokil Mathur

Heartburn that won't go away after poor change in diet

    
Asked by wkidfran (Female; 33; UNITED STATES; none; Relevant drugs:none ) on Wed 30, Apr 2014 08:44am
Priced at $9.00

I am 33 years old and have never had serious problems with heartburn and usually eat really well - a low-in-fat mostly plant based diet. Once in a while I would get heartburn if I ate before exercising but thats it. Recently I went through a period of about 2 weeks where I was eating very bad- pizza, a lot of spicy food, peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee on an empty stomach everyday- just about everything they tell you not to eat for acid reflux I was eating. This lead to about a week of on off and on nausea followed by about a week of a mild but fairly constant burning sensation in my chest and throat which I assume is acid reflux. Is it possible to irritate your stomach temporarily or cause an imbalance of acid that can be fixed through diet modification or do you think I have more serious signs of GERD? How long should I give it to clear on its own with diet, if possible? I do not really want to take any medications as to become reliant on them to manage but I also do not want the burning to progress to a more serious condition. I have also been really stressed out lately and wondering if this could also contribute.

Actions: | Forward |
Answer


Name 

Email 

Security code
Enter the text as shown above


E-Mail me when someone replies to this post
Answer by Dr.Kokil Mathur  on Wed 30, Apr 2014 09:04am:

Hi! Yes, diet and life style changes can cause a change in the acid content of the stomach. If you are prone to it like you have a weak esophageal sphincter or H pylori infection then diet changes can aggravate the existing problem. Stress can add to acidity. I understand and respect your wish to not become reliant on medications. However, though diet modification will play a huge role in reducing symptoms, it is best to take some medication to manage the acidity and reflux. This will prevent any corrosion and ulcer formation in lining of stomach. You could meanwhile change your diet and lifestyle. You could make life style changes such as taking a late night snack, drinking cold milk, avoiding heavy meals and eating frequent small meals, avoiding too much of caffeine, tea, smoking, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones, avoiding heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal, raising the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees, and avoiding lying down for least 2 hours after food. Once you bring about these changes you will be able to stop the medications. However, if you were affected by acidity once, persistent change in diet in future may cause similar problems. Also, if your symptoms do not subside with diet and medications, then liver function test, pancreatic enzymes, and HIDA scan for gall bladder should be done. Food intolerance and inflammatory bowel conditions such as IBS, Crohn, celiac etc should be considered. I would suggest you consult a doctor now and start medications for acidity and reflux. Change your diet and lifestyle and slowly taper these medications under your doctors guidance. Please feel free to ask anything else you may want to know. Take care!

If you find the site useful, please consider making a donation.  Click the button to donate.   

Please rate my answer (select the stars, no need to log in.)  

Comments:

Comment by Dr Sanjivani Wanjari on Sat 31, May 2014 12:26am:
HI, Welcome to the forum. Poor dietary habits, stress are all factors that can aggravate gastritis and GERD. Fast foods, alcohol and beverages are all high risk factors and you need to avoid them. Having a bland diet for a few days, eating frequent small meals and drinking lots of water will help. Also regular exercise is good for intestinal motility and will prevent gas and bloating. You also need to avoid spicy food, caffeine, vinegar, alcohol and smoking. Have light food and little walk after food. Mediations like antacids and proton pump inhibitors will give relief. Stress management will help to a great extent. If these measures do not help then, endoscopy may be done. Consult your Doctor. Take care & good luck. The answer is based on information provided. Exact advice is not possible without a proper examination and investigations. You are requested to consult your Doctor. Take care and keep us posted.

This question is open for comments.  Please share your opinion.

Comments


Name 

Email 

Security code
Enter the text as shown above


E-Mail me when someone replies to this post


 
What users are searching right now on Ask Medical Doctor:
glenoid labrum     mtpkaiseuskare     pin prick rash     Analfissurewipingtohard     leaky     ring shaped bruise     pile     heterogeneous bone marrow in the knee     Neutropenia     if found blood in stool     Search for answers     is my kidney stretching     cynic     PenisRednessSwelling     shig     distended     Well     fissure of the spine     rash between butt     plasmacytomatreatment     hepatitis c     Ihavebronchitisthedoctorgavemesomekindofsteroids     dark spots using hydroquinone     almor     noretone     unmerried     parvo     cpap     chronic constipation     dice     Search for answers     Deep eye make uper solusion     Search for answers     hepatic20cyst     cezarest d     orif     nausea     howtocurehemriods     stomach     WATERY DISCHARGE AFTER PERIOD     dog     Search for answers     sitemap     SHOULD A CRACKLING COUGH BE ALARMING     medigap     Search for answers     Hedeach pain is caused to what problems     Search for answers     will     Search for answers     zumo     whatdoesmedic     How to reduse under eye puffiness     Search for answers     mases     Search for answers     blac     colonspasms     Search for answers     getting motions 3 4 times a day with stomuch pain     ear     seei     Burningrectumaftergoingtothebathroomvaginalburning     regularuseofipilisharmful     SUPARIPAK     canyougetacutenervepainfromcatchingoncalciumdepositsinthighmuscles     allaergic20rhinitis     why     Pain in perineum     pineal     endovetces     print     pml     Tonsil     Family     lip     syphilis discharge     depnoc     feel     what     IkeephavingtoclearmythroatitisnotpainfulbutIc     pain loose scrotum     annular     Cant     breast hole     Leko     heaviness     Anal     shadows     Search for answers     astalt     hydrochlorothiazide     childrensweating     severe cramping and cloting during mentrual cycle     Search for answers     meniscus     headpressure     Vasectomy     Search for answers     How to reline stomach     Search for answers     

©2011 - Ask Medical Doctor  |  All Rights Reserved
The site is not a replacement for professional medical opinion, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your medical doctor or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or making any changes to existing treatment. Do not delay seeking or disregard medical advice based on information written by any author on this site. No health questions and information on AskMedicalDoctor is regulated or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore the information should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a medical doctor. Posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author, and not the administrators, moderators, or editorial staff and hence AskMedicalDoctor and its principals will accept no liabilities or responsibilities for the statements made.

Home | Terms & Conditions | Contact Us | Frequently Asked Questions | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Advertise with us
Stats