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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: heartburn?


 clairebear9898 - Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:37 pm

I am a 19 y/o female. A week ago I had my 4 impacted wisdom teeth surgically removed. I was on a lot of strong pain medicine, but eventually switched to my 800 mg Ibuprofen that I had a previous prescription for. I took about 2 of those a day for six days. For the past two days, every time I eat, no matter what I eat, it burns as it goes down. As soon as I quit eating, the pain goes away. Is this something caused by all that medicine and is there something I could do to stop it other than taking Tums?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:48 am

User avatar If it is heartburn or gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD) you can also take liquids such as Mylanta. Some people find the liquid form to be more helpful. There are also some prescription medications that can help even more by getting to the root of the problem, rather than treating symptoms after the fact.

The fact that the pain stops as soon as you stop eating makes me wonder if this is the diagnosis, however. Typically this problem persists after you stop eating. It is associated with eating and this is a good reason to eat small, rather than large, meals and to not eat soon before retiring. You want gravity to help keep the stomach acids down.

Take note if there are any foods that especially aggravate this condition so you can stay away from those. A visit to your doctor is in order if the simple measures here don't help.

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