How To Reduce Chest Pain Due To Stomach Acid?
Good evening I am Eva, 34 years. About two weeks ago I was able to go to the emergency room due to my chest pain for almost a month. When the blood test, x-ray and ecg were examined, the result was that my heart was normal, my lungs were also normal (there were only a few spots due to allergies according to the emergency room doctor) normal blood sugar but my cholesterol and stomach acid were detected high. After my medication was exhausted, my chest pain felt back. , and also now the stomach also often contracts and the stools are also blackish in color. What steps should I take? Because chest pain is enough to disrupt daily activities. Thank you in advance
Hello Eva Mbah,
Gastric acid disease is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The theory of this disease arises because of the weakness of the valve (sphincter) at the bottom of the esophagus so that stomach acid can climb back into the upper digestive tract such as the esophagus and mouth. Gastric acid is acidic, if it is in an undesirable place it will certainly cause effects such as burning and irritating the walls in the esophagus and mouth to the teeth.
Risk factors for GERD are overweight (obesity), pregnancy, hiatal hernia, old age, and gastroparesis. Some types of food can also affect the weakness of the sphincter under the esophagus such as caffeine, alcoholic beverages, peppermint, chocolate, high-fat foods.
Symptoms of GERD are:
Discomfort such as heat or burning in the chest. These complaints can be heavy when lying down or after eating
A lump in the throat / neck
Mouth feels sour or bad breath
Chronic cough without phlegm and sore throat
The diagnosis of GERD is made up of clinical symptoms, physical examination, and supporting examinations such as endoscopy, esophageal acidity measurement, X-ray OMD. Electrocardiographic examination (heart record) is also often done to rule out the possibility of a heart attack due to similar clinical symptoms.
GERD treatment is as follows:
Maintain ideal body weight
Do not immediately lie down / sleep after eating full
Reducing the size of the meal. Frequency of eating can be more frequent with smaller portions
Limit the consumption of food which can cause disruption of the valve under the esophagus
Limit consumption of foods that can irritate the digestive tract or worsen symptoms of GERD, for example: orange juice, sour foods, too spicy foods or with lots of pepper
Do not carelessly consume pain relievers, especially NSAIDs, aspirin
Avoid using clothes that are too tight, including underwear
Sleep in a higher pillow position
Treatment: antacids, H2 antagonists, and proton pump inhibitors consumed within a certain duration; a drug that helps accelerate gastric emptying
Surgery: binding of the sphincter muscles under the esophagus; mounting a magnetic ring in the sphincter muscle below the esophagus
You need to do regular consultation if you suffer from GERD. If other symptoms appear that accompany such as vomiting of blood, black bowel with a non-dense consistency (such as wet asphalt), heartburn that is very heavy, shortness of breath, you should immediately consult yourself directly with your doctor. Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.