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What does heartburn feel like?

By July 24, 2004

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Are you are wondering if the discomfort you are feeling is heartburn? Or do you want to understand what your friend or loved one is feeling when they experience a bout of heartburn? To find the answers, learn what heartburn feels like.

What does heartburn feel like?

  • A burning feeling in the chest just behind the breastbone (the sternum) that may radiate upward toward the neck.
  • A feeling of pressure or pain behind the breastbone that occurs after eating and may last as long as two hours.
  • Chest pain that occurs when bending over or lying down, especially soon after eating.
  • A burning sensation in the throat, usually accompanied by a hot, sour, acidic, or bitter tasting fluid at the back of the throat and/or in the mouth.
  • A feeling like food coming back into the mouth.
  • A feeling like food is sticking in the middle of the chest or throat.
September 25, 2007 at 2:01 pm
(1) Dee says:

what if I have a sore,slightly burning sensation throat in the morning that lasts all da without a hot, sour, acidic, or bitter taste without eating?

June 2, 2008 at 2:38 am
(2) Clarissa says:

that sounds like just a regular sore throat that can be helped by using mouth wash or swishing water mixed with a tiny bit of salt around in your mouth for about 25 seconds.

June 2, 2008 at 2:41 am
(3) Clarissa says:

oh, but right now, i’m wondering what i’m feeling and/or if i should go to the E.R. it feels like i have an anaconda wrapped around my chest, and/or have food caught right in between my breast plates…my question is if that sounds like its heart burn or maybe something more serious. because this pain has been hurting me all day!

June 3, 2008 at 7:39 am
(4) kyle says:

hey i am currently feeling a bunrning sensation in or around my heart its been going for around 5 mins now and i am feeling worried. should i? thanks

June 3, 2008 at 7:40 am
(5) kyle says:

also its like a tiny squeezing or stabbing

June 16, 2008 at 8:20 pm
(6) tim says:

What if you have sharp pains in your chest and it happens when you move or take deep breaths. Is this heart burn?

October 30, 2008 at 6:22 am
(7) wang johnson says:

hahaha all you people are probably having heart attacks and not even realizing it.

…not that that’s funny.

November 17, 2008 at 7:39 pm
(8) google girl says:

how do you tell if it is really heartburn?

January 16, 2009 at 8:39 pm
(9) anonymous says:

I don’t know if I have Heartburn. All I feel is a sharp stinging pain that lasts for a while, right at my chest.

March 3, 2009 at 11:21 pm
(10) nicolas says:

okay, im 18 years of age and im all paranoid because there is times that i get these little pinches on the left side or the middle of my chest for a while now and they last for about a minute.. I was wondering if this can be heartburn..

March 14, 2009 at 3:27 pm
(11) zach says:

wat if the heart burn last for up to a day and feels like a buring sensation is that still heartburn

April 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(12) Erin says:

is it normal to have heartburn when you are 12 years old or is it unlikely? because I believe that I have all these simptims but I don’t know for shure if it is commine for someone my age and also my father has it alot does that affect me in anyway? can I infaret that from him??

please write back as soon as possible

Thank you Erin

April 21, 2009 at 9:32 am
(13) Shelley says:

For the last 7 to 8 months I have been experiencing my tongue and lips and throat burning it is very uncomfortable and I have it all the time. The symstons do increase sometimes after I eat but it seems that any of the the medications that my doctor has recommended do not help. What can I do this is a terrible way to live.

May 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm
(14) lildre says:

it hurts alot even i experience it

May 8, 2009 at 11:11 pm
(15) Emily says:

i think i have heartburn, but it hurts when i breath deeply, is that still a symptom of heartburn? Thanks

July 8, 2009 at 2:42 am
(16) cece says:

I had a really bad pain last night for about 3-5hours
it was on the left side of my chest underneath my ribs and that area was palpitating, it was so painful i cried for a real long time, until i fell asleep. I woke up this morning the pain is gone but it feels weird around my chest, and i was burping a bit this morning, which was impossible last night. Also is it possible it was the ice cream i had yesterday that caused it? I haven’t had ice cream for about 6 to 8 months until yesterday and i’ve never had a heartburn before, so was all of this a heartburn?

July 12, 2009 at 3:50 pm
(17) Machelle says:

I am having what feels like contractions in my chest is that considered heartburn? I have never had this feeling or heartburn ever.

July 30, 2009 at 4:05 am
(18) David says:

Cece I would consider seeing a dictor about that. I have read stories of heart attack victims that have similar experiences the first time, but then it happens again and may be very dangerous. I’m no doctor but just book an appointment.

August 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm
(19) ashley bates says:

I have severe anxiety issues.. and it does say that the medication im on can cause heartburn but it burns on the right side and its not constant just kind of random pain. Is it jus my anxiety freakin me out or is it heartburn.. or is it something else i need to worry about?

August 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(20) Lindsay says:

Since yesterday I’ve been feeling a discomfort behind my breastbone, but theres no acidic taste or anything. It doesn’t quite hurt but its definitely uncomfortable. It subsided before I went to bed and came back about three hours after waking up. Could this be heartburn?

October 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(21) Chris says:

does anyone know what the sharp stinging or pinching is in the chest area?

October 24, 2009 at 10:33 pm
(22) Omka says:

almost 3 days i have a pain in my stomach..i think it is heartburn. i take pepto bismol today hope will ok.

October 29, 2009 at 3:36 pm
(23) S. Lester says:

What if you have a scratchy feelin in your chest, watery mouth, cough, short of breath w/a cracking sound.

November 25, 2009 at 1:38 am
(24) Dmitry says:

Hi every1, i think that the pinchin feelin in yo chest iz may b cramp? Idk not sure, but i also had heartburn quite a bit, andi have that horrible acidic feelin in the back of my throat, like when u barf u no? And so ya what i did today, that i shoul’ve done before, is drink warm milk! It actally helps, also when u have upset stomqch or u feel like vometing MILK helps!!! Hope itll help sombody else, and yeah! Heartburn sux, feels horribl and terrible! Pce everybody

December 26, 2009 at 10:52 am
(25) dont yhu wish yhu knew [;[;[;[; says:

Im only 11 and I have heartburn. what causes such a thing?? Im not fat. My friends are older then meh and weigh around 112 and 116 i wiegh only 111! that normal but i have big thighs o.o…

January 1, 2010 at 9:26 am
(26) Heather says:

My neck / just abuv boobs is burning. I am eleven, so unfortunatley I do not know what it is. I think by what you are all saying it is heartburn! Could somebody tell me whether it is normal for a child my age to be experiencing such pains. I am a fast developer, and a bit overweight at the moment! x

January 4, 2010 at 9:48 am
(27) christina says:

i have chest pains that are very painful. the pain goes from my chest to back back back and forth..is that heartburn or is it someting more seriuos?

January 8, 2010 at 12:38 am
(28) Theresa says:

Christina is the pain on your left or right? If it’s on the right it may be your gallbladder

January 26, 2010 at 8:56 am
(29) Fluffy says:

ive got it,
and its really horrible
i just hate it :(
yesterday i found out i cant eat foods or else it
will start
and its like juust millions of knifes flying in your chest,
i had it last night it lasted 1 hour and 15 mins
and i was just crying, like mad,

January 30, 2010 at 6:14 am
(30) Becca says:

So im full term in my pregnancy and every once and a while i will feel a pain in my chest and throat that almost feels like they are cold..is this heart burn?

February 3, 2010 at 3:21 am
(31) Annalyn says:

I am 12 years old and I have been experiencing this since I was 11. I can’t believe that I have been having heartburns since I am young. I think TUMS are good pain relievers for it, and my grandma takes them. But she is old, and I actually thought I was too young ! What are the causes? Eating spicy food? Because I eat a lot of spicy food, and that would explain alot –

February 4, 2010 at 3:55 am
(32) Emma says:

I guess i’m like annalyn in that im preetty young. I’m 15 but this has been happening for a while. And my parents told me i’m too young to have heartburn but I was worried because I am going to get cancer when I am older and i have a history of eating disorders so i thought it was one of those. But taking those chewy chalk tablets really help in like a minute and omeprazole works for 24 hours.
But I have all the symptoms of heartburn and it happens when i eat pizza or bread after 7. But when Im on dates its a problem. Also it used to be that if i ate spicy food that i’d ride the pain waves for an hour theen throw up.
it just really messes with me and if anyone has a solution that does not have to do with taking pills or fruity tasting tablets please let me know

March 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(33) amy says:

i have a burning feeling in my chest and it goes into the middle of my back at the same time, is that heartburn? i have it nearly all the time.

July 12, 2010 at 4:33 am
(34) Unknown says:

Hi I’m 13 and it started a few days ago when I swallow,eat a solid ,or burp and it’s going down my throught as it hits my chest area it feels like it’s having trouble going down like it’s stuck is that heartburn?

August 6, 2010 at 12:50 am
(35) Eloise says:

Hi I’m 13 and this has been happening since I was 11. I get sharp pains when I breathe deeply sometimes, food feels like it gets stuck half way down and I feel like I’m choking I have to hold my breathe to get to go down. I get this acidic feeling comming up my chest sometimes after I eat certain things. I’m really scared and I was wondering what it was please reply

August 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm
(36) bob says:

Tum tu-tum-tum TUUUUUUUUUUMS!!!!!!!!!!
They really are a miracle and will alleviate the pain within a minute.
As for the causes i’ve always heard it was greasy and spicy foods. Also tomatoes, minty candies, and citrus.

August 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(37) Kayla says:

Hi :)
I’m sixteen and I’m wondering if the pain I’m feeling is heartburn..
The pain is on the left side of my chest underneath my ribs and toward the bottom of my ribs. It feels like a sharp stabbing pain that only really hurts if I move or breath deeply. like this often wakes me up in the muddle of the night. This pain normally lasts about an hour or so and happens probally once or twice every two weeks.
This pain started when I was around 10 then stopped about a year later,, then all the sudden in about the last 6 months it’s started up again,,,,,
it kinda scares me and advil doesn’t really help. If I at least knew what it was it would help alot
<3 klamalllover57@aol.com

September 14, 2010 at 3:47 am
(38) tina says:

i used to be bulimic and when i started eating again i get a burning pain in my chest when i eat, also i suffer from bad heartburn. could it be connected and what can i do.

October 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(39) zack says:

i am 14 years old and i felt like what they just said. Like when i swallowed some solid food i feel like something hit my chest~ and sometimes when i move or breath too deep it hurts me too. The pain is somewhere around my left side of heart. I am veryyy worried and i am wondering am i ok? is this a heartburn and is this dangerous!!?…pls help~cuz i am really worried.

October 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(40) dun worry~ says:

according to the internet from what i had found. If you felt a sharp pain somewhere near your heart and it makes you feel much more pain when you breath in or move~ then don’t worry you are perfectly fine unless you felt something worse than that. This is called a Precodial catch syndrome which oftenly occurs on children and teenagers. Less likely chances to occur on adults. The cause is still unknown but it is to be said it more likely occur when you are laying down, sitting and others. If you want to make the pain go away, either just wait and let the pain to go away, or be brave and take a deep breath which will make you pain for a few seconds, then the pain will go away. For more information search the internet =)

February 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm
(41) Michael says:

GO SEE A DOCTOR. If you’re concerned, you definitely don’t need casual advice from random people; you need medical attention.

February 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm
(42) Guest says:

How old do you have to be to get heartburn? Is it something that is genetical?

June 5, 2011 at 5:27 am
(43) Stephanie says:

I tend to get heart burn if I don’t eat for awhile, then eat something sort of greasy. Kind of suffering from heart burn right now. Sometimes I get heart burn from not eating.

June 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(44) tom says:

what about if you feel like an electric shock on your chest near your heart am only 19 so it carnt be no heart attack lol

August 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm
(45) Polly says:

i have this burning sensation in and around my chest.it started two days ago and still hasn’t stop.i realised after eating rice and pepper stew. Could this be heart burn

August 21, 2011 at 8:36 am
(46) shivani says:

I think I’m having heart burn??
It feels like burning.
Should I be worried?? I haven’t been able to sleep for 3 hours.

September 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm
(47) Ummmhi says:

I have heart burn since I was little. I used to take medicine but I haven’t in 3 years. When I drink too much at one time my throat and chest hurt real bad. Is that heart burn?

PS. I didnt really know what heartburn was but my mom said inhad it

October 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm
(48) Kirsti says:

Hi, I have pain that comes and goes and it is in the center of my chest. I feel like there is a lump in my throat. Should I be concerned if this is something serious? Thanks.

November 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm
(49) Why Heartburn says:

I really like your websight,very well laid out.Has some great content.Thankyou. Keep up the great work.

November 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm
(50) Courtney says:

I feel a stinging “hot” sensation in my chest that usually fades away when i drink a lot of ice water.

is it heartburn or should i go to the ER?

this is fairly common and happens at least 3 times a day.

November 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm
(51) Sonia says:

bob and dun worry~ have some really good research

I’m 15 and I recently noticed the pain in my chest which grew as I breathed deeply. It happened about once in a fortnight. It feels good to know that this is not serious.

As for the heartburn which is food related, I recall having that after certain foods when I was younger. It most usually was after greasy, spicy and acidic food, as people mentioned earlier.

best of luck all!

December 20, 2011 at 7:20 am
(52) anonymous says:

I just have what feels like a river of acid flowing in my chest. i havn’t eaten in 12 hours or more. what is it or what should i do

December 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm
(53) Chia says:

Go see a doctor.

December 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm
(54) Kieran says:

What if I have Constipation and feel agony stomach and back pains?

January 20, 2012 at 10:12 am
(55) samantha says:

what if your pain is a stabbing pain? i dont think it would be a heart attack since im only 23, but i dont think it is heartburn either. what could it be

January 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(56) Me says:

Im 23 amd I have pain im left side of chest, mostly when im in bed. Sometimes I weak up and one of my hamds is sleep. Sometimes I feel something hot in left side of chest, can this be heart burn?
I was to doctor, I did EKG and blood test, everything was fine. But I still habe pain.

March 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm
(57) Leah ;; says:

Okay soo the past couple of days I have felt like a sharp ache right on the top of my boob/chest… Then today my freakin’ nipples were burning like all day… I don’t that breast cancer or any of that is a problem here… I think its my heart. The ache is like RIGHT ON MY HEART.. I’m 16.. Female, pretty average heath, I weigh 140, pretty fit for my age… soo Idk what the deal is.. :/

April 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(58) Chasyn says:

If it hurts when taking a deep breath then I would suggest going and getting checked for pneumonia. I had it when I was younger.

May 15, 2012 at 8:45 am
(59) rafal says:

Thanks for the strategies you have contributed here.

May 15, 2012 at 9:06 am
(60) Abephoche says:

Thanks for the thoughts you have discussed here.

June 8, 2012 at 2:05 am
(61) Trinity says:

I get bad chest pain that causes a little bit of shortness of breath but it is like a stabbing pain. I am worried should I?

June 20, 2012 at 3:31 am
(62) Seymour says:

Could be herpes

August 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm
(63) Ashleigh says:

hi, I had a stabbing feeling in my chest, especially on the left side. I got told to drink cold milk and instantly the feeling eased. Is that heartburn, or am I being a pansy and getting worked up about nothing?

September 25, 2012 at 11:52 pm
(64) Summer says:

I’m freaking out. Lately I have been having what the people say is heartburn. It is a burning achy feeling in my chest, feeling like something is stuck there, or that something is stepping on my heart squashing it. It hurts worse when I inhale, i just took 4 antiacid tablets about 45 minutes ago and the pain has only gone down a little bit. I’m crying because the pain won’t stop. My heart feels squashed, and I’m only 16. Help :’(

September 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm
(65) Summer says:

And I am going to see a doctor. My aunt is telling me if it doesn’t stop soon tonight, I need to go to the emergency room.

October 28, 2012 at 12:00 am
(66) highlife215 says:

For a couple of days now I have been experiencing iritation in my chest aound my heart area and which doesn’t really hurt but discomforting really iritating though and lasts more than 5 mins st a time

May 19, 2013 at 5:00 am
(67) Aisha says:

I’ve been getting an awful pain around my chest and upper back for about 7 months now on and off. I’ve had about 4 really bad attacks which have left me writhing in pain on the floor and the worst one lasted for 14 hours at full capacity and a further 6 after it had died down a bit. I had it come back yesterday morning at around 4 and it is still going on now. I’m really worried about it, I’m sure you’re not meant to have it this often plus I have a healthy diet. Any advice?

June 5, 2013 at 4:44 am
(68) kelly says:

Sometime i feel this burning sensation through my neck and down to my chest area. This happen alot and it come and random time. It hurt to feel it. Does this mean i have heartburn? it last for a long time i think. Sometime it last more than 1 hour or less it really bipolar. but is this what you call a heartburn? i am only 15 years old

July 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm
(69) Christine Takunu says:

Im experiencing heat and hurt and also i also feel it at the back of my back usaully occurs is this the symptoms of heartburn ? please reply and explain or advise as Ive been having this feeling for a week now ..

November 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm
(70) mikayla says:

Well if im 12 and I having heart pain and I had too many fruit snacks but

January 14, 2014 at 7:55 pm
(71) paul says:

Hi I’m Paul I’m 36 and often get heartburn and find that swallowing a mouthfull of gaviscon really helps to relieve heartburn

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