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Question: Heartburn after being "hugged" too tightly

 heartburn27 - Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:16 am

I am a petite female (30 years old) in generally good health. Recently, at a party I was squeezed too tightly by a large man who works out and did not realize his strength when he hugged me. Since then I have had almost continuous heartburn and wondered if being hugged too tightly could do perminent damage to my stomach (i.e. the muscle, sphincter, etc.)?

 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:55 pm

User avatar Hi Heartburn27,

It seems quite unlikely that being hugged too tightly would cause any permanent damage to the stomach. In fact, it is really fairly unlikely to cause reflux at all.

What may happen that can mimic heartburn is a small rib fracture or dislocation.

That being said, it is possible that the squeeze led to some refluxed gastric acid that may have burned the esophagus some and may take a bit to heal. Generally, these types of things heal fairly quickly, though.

If antacids help it is much less likely to be a rib problem.

If your symptoms aren't getting better I would recommend you see your doctor.

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