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What causes severe heartburn?

chest,stomach,lower back pain
Hi my name is Brooke, 31 YRS old, i have to children. i have had no real big health problems other than last year i found out i had hep c. I got it in a few years ago when i had a prescription pill problem. i am 2 years clean. I have not recieved treatment for it yet, cant afford it, waiting for my job to give me insurance. But i have Two problems. i have had severe headaches since i was 16, and the past 5 yrs i have them everyday. i wake up with the headache, and if i dont take excedrin (which is bad for me bc bc of the asprin, but the only thing that works) if i dont take some right when i wake up, it turns into a a migraine.i am very used to them so thats not what im here for right now. I have been having heartburn so bad that it keeps me up at night, the only thing that has worked is alka seltzer, but the past month it has got worse. feels like someone is stabbing me in my heart and my stomach hurts all the time and severe pain in my lower back. its not every once in awhile now its all the time, also it hurts to the point i throw up, or just nausaus.My husband dont get it. i just need some advice. is this related to hep c? please help me im miserable. thanks
Tue, 13 Oct 2015
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Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your concern.
By your history and description, possibility of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is more in your case.
And this can be associated with Hepatitis C infection.
You are also not taking treatment for Hepatitis C. So possibility of worsening of underlying Hepatitis is more.
So better to consult doctor and get done liver function test.
Avoid stress and tension.
Avoid hot and spicy food.
Avoid junk food. Avoid large meals, instead take frequent small meals.
Start proton pump inhibitors and prokinetic drugs.
Go for walk after meals.
Keep 2-3 pillows under head in the bed to prevent reflux.
Quit smoking and alcohol if you have these habits.
Dont worry, you will be alright.
Hope I have solved your query.
Wish you good health. Thanks.
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