Have Have Chest Pain And My Throat Is Burning What Can I Do

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Asked by oni

Have Have Chest Pain And My Throat Is Burning What Can I Do

I have chest pain and my throat is burning. I take Prilosec, but when I lie down and go to sleep my acid reflux wakes me up with a burning in my throat and chest pain. What can I do to stop it after it occurs?

Answer

Hello Oni,

There are several things you can do to help relieve the acid reflux while you sleep. There is a sharepost here about sleeping that offers some tips. One of which is to make sure you sleep with your head elevated and on your right side.

There are some great tips here about how to deal with acid reflux. Also, try some of these ideas.

Acid Reflux Diet

  • First of all, try to eat small, frequent meals instead of three big meals a day. Small amounts of food each time would exert less workload on the stomach and therefore requires less acid secretion for digestion. Make sure to include foods that are high in complex carbohydrates in each meal. These foods, such as rice, breads and pasta, are able to tie up excess stomach acid and are often easy on the stomach.
  • Avoid high-fat meals such as those from the fast food chains. High fat foods will remain in the stomach longer, thus causing the need for more stomach acid in order to digest them.
  • But remember, don't overeat! Eating too much of any foods will stimulate the stomach to secret more acids for digestion.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol
  • Maintain upright position during and at least 45 minutes after eating

Hope this helps!! Stay in touch and let us know how you are doing!

Vicki M

Here are some other links that you might find useful:

Heartburn Trigger Foods

7 Symptoms of Acid Reflux

Understanding Acid Reflux: A Doctor Q&A