Severe heartburn and constant heartburn
One of the few things you really need to know about heartburn is that it has a dual quality: in medical literature it is viewed both as a symptom and as a cause. Of what, you might wonder. Well, it can be a symptom of two very distinct affections involving your heart (this is considered to be severe heartburn by some specialists) and your stomach (which leads to constant heartburn). However, not all kinds of heartburn are evolved directly from different causes. Sometimes, they can actually transform into one another if the condition is not attended to in due time. For example, a bad diet coupled with a lot of stress can lead to classic heartburn. In time, it turns into constant heartburn and then into severe heartburn. Be very careful as to what you choose to ignore or consider insignificant! Untreated heartburn can cause permanent damage to your esophagus in form of lesions that never heal. As we all know, enduring wounds inside your body, as well as outside of it spell only one thing: cancer.
Do not panic, though. Both constant heartburn and severe heartburn are easily treated and not many people manage to ignore the pain long enough for the condition to make it to such advanced stages. While those two, severe heartburn and constant heartburn are, at their very core, the same thing but with different durations, their physical manifestations and their effects on the body differ greatly.
Severe heartburn and constant heartburn symptoms
There are two things you must keep in mind when trying to differentiate these two stages of the annoying condition:
- However unlikely this may seem, they could actually coexist: this is something that the medical doctors like to call a "double - trouble" dilemma. How do you know which one is worse or which one causes which symptoms? We all wish the answer were as simple as the question. The truth is that, in most cases, there is a great chance that both of these forms exist at once, intensifying the pain, the burning feeling and the general discomfort by a thousand. Also, physicians have little to no clue about these so called "mixed symptoms" and they are not able to cleanly separate them when they are found in an uneven amalgam. All of these issues lead to the impossibility of a correct diagnosis and, thus, a useful treatment.
- A second problem that concerns severe heartburn and constant heartburn sufferers is the fact that there are no guarantees about a potential heartburn treatment that might fully work. What does this have to do with symptoms? Unlike the previous asked question, this one does have an easy response: because you cannot treat what you cannot identify. And if a physician cannot pinpoint exactly what your problem is, either by your rather shady symptoms or by some tests, they might treat you for the wrong thing and completely miss the really issue.
Now, that we have explored the problems of separating these two when they are plaguing the same patient, lets describe the separate symptoms that point exactly to which form of heartburn you suffer from.
- Severe heartburn symptoms:
- Chest pain: located right below the lower end of your breastbone, it has been described as being punched in the gut repeatedly and with a rather sharp object. The description might seem rather over the top, but the medical truth is not far from it. On the pain scale, it has been graded as 7.5 out of 10. That is a lot, taking into consideration that breaking a bone only scored a 6.
- A burning feeling around the middle of your chest: this one is due to the hydrochloric acid pushing through the ring of muscles that seal your stomach shut. When the acid reaches your esophagus, it causes a great deal of damage, all of which results into the burning feeling.
- Constant heartburn symptoms:
- Constant, dull and throbbing pain: this time, the pain can be managed because the patient is used to it. It is a well known part of his or hers daily life. Usually, it intensifies right after eating anything, be it a classic heartburn trigger or not, or when practicing a sport. Physical effort will most surely turn the dull, throbbing pain into a sharp and debilitating one.
- A slow building burning feeling: it begins as one singular point where it burns, and then, gradually, it evolves into a circular area. By the time you notice that something is really wrong, your heartburn will be fully installed.
Severe heartburn and constant heartburn treatment
Just as it has been explained above, severe heartburn and constant heartburn do not have an exactly defined treatment scheme. Rather, the same methods that work for classical heartburn are applied here as well:
- Avoid heartburn triggers: do not eat fatty or fried foods or drink carbonated drinks since they can inflate your already damaged stomach.
- Stop smoking, do not drink coffee or any other caffeinated drink: caffeine and the chemical substance from tobacco have a dual purpose in the body. First, they act like a kick - start for your neurons and secondly, they are muscle relaxants. Therefore, they can loosen your lower esophageal sphincter and cause heartburn.
- Use over the counter antacids: these drugs are known for the fact they neutralize your acid excess and stop the destruction of your esophageal lining. However, they do not always work and they can interfere with other medication you might take.