Living with heartburn that occurs frequently, such as two or more times a week, isn't easy. In fact, it can be very disruptive to your life and livelihood if it can't be brought under control. Many of us have found ways, other than medication, to get our heartburn under control.
Perhaps you have learned how to avoid heartburn at night or what foods cause heartburn. You may have learned how you can eat out without suffering from heartburn afterward.
Several of these areas are covered below. They all give you an opportunity to share your stories and tips, and to see what others have to say.
Nearly eight in 10 heartburn sufferers experience heartburn symptoms at night. But staying up all night to fend off heartburn isn't practical. Share your tips on getting through the night -- free of heartburn.
You may need to avoid certain foods if you suffer from heartburn. For some people it's spicy foods. For others it may be fried or fatty foods. For still others, it may seem like they can't eat anything without heartburn occurring in hot pursuit. What foods are your biggest heartburn triggers? How do you cope with your food triggers? Do you have any handy tips or food substitutions?
Just as at home, eating certain foods in restaurants can trigger heartburn. There will be certain types of foods you will need to avoid. If you can't eat fried foods at home, it's unlikely you will be able to eat food prepared this way in a restaurant. Are you able to eat out without heartburn? Perhaps you have learned what to ask for, or what to avoid. You can offer your tips here, or get tips and ideas from others.
Many women will experience heartburn during their pregnancy. Even when they have never experienced heartburn before, they may suffer from it for the first time while they are pregnant. That burning sensation in the chest and throat, and sour taste in the mouth, may become an all too familiar sensation. Some women take medication recommended by their doctor. If heartburn was an issue for you during your nine months, what things did you do to avoid heartburn while pregnant?
For some people, food is their top cause of heartburn. For others, it is hard exercise or going to bed too soon after eating a meal that causes the most heartburn for them. What are your top heartburn causes? Share your stories here.
If you have suffered from chronic heartburn, you know how it can affect your daily life. In many cases, avoiding foods that cause heartburn, making some lifestyle modifications and taking measures to prevent nighttime heartburn, can help individuals live a heartburn-free life. Besides medications, what have you done that allows you to live with no (or little) heartburn? Share you stories or get ideas from others.