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Heartburn is one of those symptoms that seriously commands your attention. First off, it can really hurt. Odds are good that your skin has rarely felt as fiery as your belly may feel during an attack of heartburn. Secondly, while it doesn't actually involve your heart, heartburn can give you the sense that something is amiss deep among your vital organs.
Heartburn can be a problem that you should bring to your doctor's attention. But as painful as this common condition can be, it's also something that you can also help treat and prevent on your own.
Heartburn arises when the contents of your stomach move the wrong way. The food and drink you swallow is supposed to only travel south from your mouth, but during heartburn, food, drink, and stomach juices move upward past the "doorway" between your esophagus and stomach. Your esophagus isn't as naturally protected against this harsh material as your stomach lining, thus it causes pain.
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Sometimes gastroesophageal reflux occurs by itself but it is also common for reflux symptoms to be packaged with other symptoms and conditions. You probably have the typical reflux symptoms such as heartburn, a bad taste in the mouth, the sensation of food coming up your throat and burping. You may have some additional symptoms that are worrisome and interfere with your day to day functioning.
What should you do if you have gastroesophageal reflux and other worrisome symptoms? First, it is important to report these symptoms to the doctor or your medical team. The symptoms may be related to your condition or a side effect of your medical treatment. It is possible to have gastroesophageal reflux and another medical condition. Unfortunately, it may take some additional visits to the doctor and testing to figure out how to manage and treat the symptoms.
For instance, you may have reflux and one or more of these symptoms:
Currently, the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (also called myalgic encephalopathy or ME/CFS) remains a mystery. While it frequently occurs following a cold, flu or viral infection, it can also begin during a time of severe physical or emotional stress. In some cases, however, it will develop gradually and have no clear starting point. Although research over the past two decades has revealed a number of very real, physical abnormalities, it has yet to yield a definitive cause for chronic fatigue syndrome. Over the years, a number of theories have been proposed and studied. Some possible causes that have been looked at include: Virus infection (for example, Epstein-Barr or human herpesvirus6) Hormonal changes in the hypothalamus, pituitary or adrenal glands Allergies Mild, chronic low blood pressure Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Iron deficiency anemia A number of studies have found immune system irregularities in chronic fatigue syndrome patients. A part...
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