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why have i got constant heartburn and indigestion?

(18 Posts)
spacedonkey Wed 02-Mar-05 09:59:26

I'm definitely not pregnant!

Is it a symptom of something?

AuntyQuated Wed 02-Mar-05 10:00:01

stress?
that's when i get it

spacedonkey Wed 02-Mar-05 10:00:54

i thought it was probably stress, but i'm always stressed out and it doesn't usually manifest as heartburn - weird!

Marina Wed 02-Mar-05 10:02:19

Off the top of my head - have you had back trouble or some other chronic pain condition which has required you to take prescription painkillers, or even bog-standard ibuprofen on a long-term basis SD? I ask because a pal of mine who has a good healthy lifestyle has now developed gastritis because she was on long-term medication for a slipped disc, which is now better.
Presumably it has not been triggered by too much sumptuous Italian food...you did get out there in the end? Did you have a lovely time if so?
Hope you feel better soon.

AuntyQuated Wed 02-Mar-05 10:03:18

i find lying flat on my back with my right hand rraised above my head for 10 mins or so relieves it

spacedonkey Wed 02-Mar-05 10:04:46

aw thanks marina

yes i did get out there, and the food was great, but this indigestion thing has been going on for about a month now, so i don't think it's food-related

not been taking any medication of any kind, i'm physically pretty healthy as far as i know

am worried it's an ulcer

i'll go to my GP if it carries on much longer i think

spacedonkey Wed 02-Mar-05 10:05:07

ta for the top tip AQ

bundle Wed 02-Mar-05 10:06:29

i made a prog about dyspepsia recently, you can get a transcript from the website. acid reflux (which can cause chronic caugh too) is incredibly common but underdiagnosed.

SeaShells Wed 02-Mar-05 10:07:35

Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, orange juice, onions, garlic, tomatoes and fatty or spicy foods can all cause heartburn believe it or not!

spacedonkey Wed 02-Mar-05 10:09:42

thank you bundle and seashells, i'll look into that, also will try to take note of what i've eaten when it happens in case a certain food is triggering it

Mothernature Wed 02-Mar-05 10:12:51

hiatus hernia have a look at this..does this sound like your problem?

spacedonkey Wed 02-Mar-05 10:17:12

blimey mn, it does

Marina Wed 02-Mar-05 10:34:38

My mother has this SD (in no other respect does she resemble you I am positive as she is now very like the granny in Giles) and finds Gaviscon helpful.

spacedonkey Wed 02-Mar-05 10:35:17

snort marina!

you're on top form today

lou33 Wed 02-Mar-05 11:35:31

hangover?

spacedonkey Wed 02-Mar-05 11:37:12

only when i'm with you dear

lou33 Wed 02-Mar-05 11:44:37

well that explains the last 2 days then

deegward Wed 02-Mar-05 11:46:18

I had gall stones, and had to have my gall bladder removed.

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