What causes severe heartburn?

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Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: I have heartburn since my late 30th....I do eat spicy food and drink some time.....my heartburn usully when I go to bed or wake me up during the night what can I do to solve that problem I am a 46 year old women thanks in advance.
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Answered by Dr. Klerida Shehu 7 hours later
Brief Answer:
Following advice

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you for asking!
I read your query and understood your concerns.

Your symptoms are typical for oatients with heart burn or acid reflux disease.

If you were my patient I would recommend as follows in order to relieve your symptoms:
- A Complete gastrointestinal evaluation with abdominal ultrasound and upper endoscopy to determine the most accurate treatment.
- Avoid consuming coffee, carbonated and energy drinks.
- Reduce alcohol intake to less than one drink per day
- Quit smoking
- Avoid laying down at bed directly after eating (wait at least three hours)
- Use antacids (gaviscon)
- Use PPIs (prilosec) two tablets per day

Hope this will be of help!
Wish you health!
Dr. Klerida
p.s: Ifyou have more questions, please don't hesitate to ask me again.
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