First, if you want to try something simple to see if it helps relieve your pain, try the following:
- Avoid the greasy foods such as hamburgers at fast food restaurants. If you are still going to eat them, do not eat them for at least 4 hours before going to bed (i.e., lying down, even if you aren't going to sleep).
- Do not eat or drink anything for four hours before going to bed/sleep.
- Try taking an over-the-counter acid reducer like Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac, or Prilosec OTC. (Most drug stores have much cheaper generics that will say on the package ("equivalent to Pepcid"). Take the generic and save the money. Follow the directions on the package exactly to get the best benefit.
GERD (or GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease) is a fancy name for heartburn. Heartburn can be very painful, causing vomiting, burning in the throat and/or mouth due to the acid the is brought back up, and while the pain is usually in the center of the chest and described as a burning pain in can vary in different people and even extend to the back.
Try these three steps for 7 - 10 days. If you feel no better you will need to see your doctor as there is nothing else over-the-counter that is likely to help. If you do feel relief, please try to stick to the food suggestions as strictly as possible and see if you can stop taking the medication.
If you weight more now than you did before you became pregnant, this may be one of the causes of this pain. The more someone weighs the more likely they are to have problems with GERD (i.e., heartburn). So maintaining a proper weight will also help (although it is not easily 2 months after delivering a baby to return to your old weight.)
Concerning your boyfriend, he needs to see a neurologist. These headaches can be due to a variety of things - some serious and some much less so. However, besides a thorough history and physical exam, the neurologist may want to do some simple tests (in the office or scheduled for later) that will help to find the exact cause of his headaches.
Once the exact cause is identified, an appropriate treatment can be recommended. There is help for severe headaches, but given your description of them they should not be left alone. They need to be evaluated by a neurologist as soon as possible or it is unlikely he will get any relief.