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Why would someone who pretty much never gets heartburn suddenly have it chronically for several days?

Asked by MissAnthrope (21462points) September 16th, 2010

I don’t know what is going on. I have, over the past 3 or 4 days, had chronic, ongoing heartburn. The weird thing is that I rarely get heartburn, maybe once every year or two?

My diet hasn’t really changed, my activity hasn’t changed, I’m not especially stressed out.. yet I have been experiencing low-grade heartburn during the day (mostly ignorable) and then, of course, it flares up when I go to bed. I had to get up in the middle of the night last night to take some Tums, it was too bad to sleep.

Is this sudden change something I should be concerned about?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

See your doctor. Heartburn can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious condition. Especially if it comes on suddenly in someone that doesn’t normally have heartburn.

MissAnthrope's avatar

That’s what I was afraid of.. ugh. :\

Lightlyseared's avatar

It is worth getting checked out, definately. However unless you have other symptoms such as sudden unexplained weightloss, difficulty swallowing, vomiting blood etc then I would get too worried just yet.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@phoebusg – Thanks for the reference site! However, none of the links on that site worked for me. :\

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Thank you for asking this question. When I was 18, I went through a bout with a similar situation and went to the doctor. They couldn’t find anything physically wrong and suggested that it was from stress of going from high school to preparing to enter college. Nothing was further from the truth. It finally went away after 4 months, and a lot of milk and Maalox in the meantime.

One of the things that the doctor mentioned was from the acidity of eating fresh tomatoes, which are acidic. Since it had never been a problem before, it wasn’t a consideration in my mind. Now that I think about it, back in those days, my parents used pesticides in the vegetable garden. It was well before the time when fruits and vegetables were properly washed. That might have had something to do with it. Once entering college, the problem stopped.

phoebusg's avatar

@MissAnthrope try clicking the search button on the term – and then trying the links again. For some reason linking the directory doesn’t initiate the jscript for their links. Maybe to protect them from robots extracting the info.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@phoebusg – That worked, thanks!

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