SRS Anyone know anything about heartburn?

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  1. Mugwump

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    Sorry that this thread isn't about emotional support so much as physical support. I didn't know where to post this so I put it in F&N and here.

    I've had this pain in my chest for two days now. It's like a mild ache or pain behind the breast bone, on my left side, right below my heart. Hurts mostly when I exhale. I've never had a case of heart burn/ acid reflux before. Does it usually last this long? I don't think I'm having a heart attack, or at least, I hope not. It's definitely not like someone is squeezing my heart; more like an mild ache or burn when I exhale or bend forward. Anyone know what this might be?

    I tried checking the symptoms of WebMD, but they lead to weird places or heartburn. I guess I should go to the doctor, but I'm inbetween jobs right now and don't have health insurance. Anyone know how to use free clinics? :(
     
  2. Spiritus

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    Heart burn is stomach acid coming up your esophogus, usually because there is too much.

    Tums converts those acids into water.

    Pepto Bismol works too.

    Sit up, if the acid stays on the unprotected esophogus it will damage it.

    That shit it 2.0 aciditic. I think it's hydrochloric acid? strong as car battery acid.

    if you dont have anything, try this. I just made it up. Mix a big glass of milk with some baking powder and drink it down. The calcium and milk should help.

    Or maybe I mean baking soda... whatever has calcium in it.
     
  3. Peyomp

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    If you got insurance... just go to the doctor. Otherwise, try Zantac-75.
     
  4. RyeBread

    RyeBread If you tell the truth you don't have to remember a

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    <-- life time chronic GERD. heart burn is usually (at least for me) not only felt, but also a taste.

    it also, even in chronic cases like mine, rarely last the duration you mention w/out any interruption.
     
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    You might have a problem with the little valve the is supposed to close off the esophagus, which means unless you want to take a lifetime's worth of medication, you might need surgery to correct this.

    Time for a visit to your family doctor. He/she will determine whether a specialist referral is needed.

    There's just no way round it -- all roads lead to your doctor. Unless you want this to keep happening.
     
  6. Mugwump

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    I ask again, how does one use free clinics to do this? I think I have a good month before my insurance will kick in.
     
  7. Peyomp

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    First, try Zantac 75. Zantac 150 is probably what a doctor will give you... and now you can just take two Zantac 75s and its the same thing. Try it. Its a cut above the rest for what you probably have.

    Second... look in the blue section of your phone book. That is the government section. Look for the department of public health, and start calling numbers until you get someone on the horn that will tell you how to get free healthcare in your community.

    Third... work on the avatar. For me.
     
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  9. Peyomp

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    We'll talk about it once you get some Zantac 75 and call the blue numbers.
     
  10. I agree with Spiritus.
     
  11. Mugwump

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    http://www.health.state.mn.us/phsystem.html

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  12. Peyomp

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    Oh man! GUMPTION wins: he did it on his own!

    Okay. Well, its a bit annoying. Mostly though, the posts gimmick doesn't look right in firefox on OS X.
     
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    Screenshot?
     
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    I do think you should see a doctor. However, if you can't find a free/low-cost clinic in your area and you know for certain that you will have health insurance in a month, I would wait and try and see what you can do for yourself in the meantime. It's easy for everyone to say 'dude, just go to the doctor', but I am currently health insurance-less right now so I know exactly how you feel right now. Going to the doctor = at least $200 for the appointment, plus paying out of pocket for any prescriptions, which can run from $10-100. If this just started and the pain is only mild and not impairing your ability to breath and function normally, it shouldn't cause any major damage to try over the counter treatment first and see a doctor if it doesn't get better in a month.

    I was once treated for heartburn and one of the things my doctor prescribed was over the counter pepcid complete 2 times a day with meals. You could try that... Also, you might not even have heartburn. This sounds weird, but I once had similar symptoms (pain and tightness in chest, especially when breathing) and (when I had health insurance) I was nervous enough to go to the hospital after it continued through the night. You know what I was diagnosed with? Bruised ribs. Apparently I knocked hard against something and bruised the muscle tissue that surrounded my ribs (which I had NO idea was even possible). The pain went away on its own after a week or two. It was very bizarre.
     
  16. Darketernal

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    Goto the docter

    Your life > your job.

    And in the end that's how it is.
     
  17. RyeBread

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    it's called a hiatel hernia (not certain or care much on the spelling). I've got one, along with other GI issues.

    the success rate for that surgery is relatively low based on what I have found. I get scoped every two years to check on the state of my Barrett's (a condition caused by a life time of GERD and scar tissue)

    I've seen 3 specialists now, and they all are of the opinion that taking one little pill (protonix) gives me the relief, and treats the condition better than taking the risks of a surgical repair.

    at this stage in my life, I'm holding off on the surgery at least :hs: but I know that there is a "risk/cost" associated with taking the pill as well. I don't like taking meds, and I don't really like that I'm tasking my digestive system from doing even more of the process in my intestinal tract, than in my stomach - that and meds taking a toll on the liver, etc.
     
  18. cooldragon

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    I kind of have the same problem as the person. I get really mild chest pains for sometimes days and if i exercise it goes away. I think i have this acidic problem since i was really young because i would always get an upset stomach or gas if ate anything too spicy.

    However, i have been overweight for most of my life so that is the main problem.

    First, if you are overweight, you have to lose the weight, which is what i am trying to do. ALso don't eat atleast 2 hours before you sleep. When you sleep put 2 or 3 pillows under your head when you sleep so the acid doesnt travel to your chest and throat area.
     

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