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How to Get Rid of Acid Reflux Chest Pain? Causes and Tips

Updated on August 21, 2011

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Acid reflux is the small burst of spontaneous back-flow of sour stomach contents into the mouth. It often occurs after eating meals, or at night. The difference between acid reflux and vomitting is that the former has no nausea or retching, also with a smaller amount of stomach contents flowing into the mouth. Half of the healthy people may have some acid reflux especially after meals, but, more often than not, this physiological reflux is relatively short to cause any damages to the esophageal mucosa.

Generally, food enters into the stomach through the esophagus, lower esophageal sphincter and cardia, it then blends with digestive juices such as gastric acid, pepsin, etc. for digestion, and then it goes through the pylorus to the duodenum. This is a normal process, once there is any abnormalities during the process, stomach acid will back flow into the esophagus, causing esophageal mucosal damage and a series of symptoms outside the esophagus, such as heartburn, acid reflux, cough and so on. Isotope can be used in the scan of the stomach and esophagus, so that you can see clearly whether the contents of the stomach are continuing to reflux into the esophagus. If such a reflux does exist, then it is confirmed that this phenomenon is frequent gastroesophageal reflux, normally people do not have such frequent occurrence of acid reflux, this anomaly can cause related symptoms, such as esophageal inflammation, which is gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease for many reasons, but mainly because of lower esophageal sphincter function impairment or other reasons occurred on the lower esophageal sphincter causing damage, whether to eat or drink should have this change. Lower esophageal sphincter relaxation, stress reduction, the stomach into the esophagus, the food will rise to reflux; esophageal acid clearance capacity in itself a problem, esophageal motility problems, may cause reflux; delayed gastric emptying, normal is 4-5 hours, such as the occurrence of delayed gastric emptying, the patient will always feel full, when stomach pressure increases, it can trigger reflux. Things as acid reflux, pepsin, intestinal bile, pancreatic, esophageal mucosa of these on will cause varying degrees of damage. 

What are the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux?

Heartburn and acid reflux are the most common symptoms of the digestive disease. Which can cause esophageal inflammation, the esophageal mucosa of patients will be damaged too, the symptoms will produce light mucosal erosion or edema, or even cause ulcers or bleeding of the digestive tract under severe cases. A few patients may have Barrett's esophagus, a condition in which the tissue lining the esophagus is replaced by tissue that is similar to the lining of the intestine. Barrett's esophagus is a precancerous lesion, because patients with Barrett's esophagus are 30 to 50 times easier to have esophageal cancer than other people.

In recent years, gastroesophageal reflux disease is becoming a very common type of disease, but it is also easy to be confused with other diseases, for example, ulcer patients also have these symptoms, but their main symptom is pain, and people who are having chest pain will likely to think of it as angina. In non-cardiac chest pain population, 80% of the pains are caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease. 

Home remedies for acid reflux chest pain

1, Avoid irritating foods and promote secretion of gastric juice 

For the prevention of acid reflux, patients should avoid eating gastric secretion stimulating foods such as celery, leek, seaweed, concentrated fruit juice, pepper, mustard, hard liquor, strawberry,etc., these are all not appropriate for eating. In addition, dessert and sweet potatoes are also easy to produce acid in the stomach, they should be avoided too.

2, Do not eat raw foods and non-digestible foods

To prevent acid reflux, patients should avoid eating raw, cold and non-digestible foods, the foods should be soft and easy to digest, to reduce the burden on the stomach. 

3, Eat small meals, eat slowly by chewing food thoroughly 

Patient should have a balanced diet in the right amount, eat less and have more meals to reduce the stimulation of gastric acid. In addition, patient should develop an eating habit of chewing food thoroughly. Research suggests that in the process of chewing, our mouth will produce a lot of saliva, the saliva contains a variety of digestive enzymes to help digest food and absorb nutrients. 

4, Drink milk, eat biscuits and other foods 

For those who have stomach pains or burning sensation at night, drinking some warm milk before bedtime is a good choice. In addition, Eaing soda crackers and toasted bread slice have certain benefits in reducing the secretion of gastric acid, which is also great alternatives.

5, Ensure enough intake of protein and vegetable fat 

Our daily diet should contain enough nutrients, such as protein and easily digestible vegetable fats.Because proteins can neutralize stomach acid, fat can stimulate the small intestine mucosa, producing enterogastrone that inhibits gastric secretion and gastric motility, which is beneficial to prevent acid reflux. 


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      Ana 3 years ago

      Both my grandmother and my mom told me to chew on Quaker oats (not the cooekd kind) when I had heartburn during my pregnancy. Which I had alot-plus tons of gas! I did this with both my kids and it seemed to help.