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acid reflux

By Anonymous January 19, 2012 - 10:40pm
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I recently went to the emergency room for a burning sensation in my middle chest. Was told that it could be acid reflux or my heart. I was given malox, and an acid reflux pill that dissolves under the tongue to releave this feeling. it di for a moment. What else can be used at home or over the counter if this reoccurs? What causes this?
How can one prevent this again?

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HI Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  When you eat, food passes from the throat to the stomach through the esophagus (also called the food pipe or swallowing tube). Once food is in the stomach, a ring of muscle fibers prevents food from moving backward into the esophagus. These muscle fibers are called the lower esophageal sphincter.  If this sphincter muscle doesn't close well, food, liquid, and stomach acid can leak back into the esophagus.  Avoid drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen.   Avoid foods that cause problems for you.

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January 20, 2012 - 6:08am
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