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From last 15 days I'm feeling like my eyes are on fire, i

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JA: Hi. What is your issue regarding?
Customer: from last 15 days I'm feeling like my eyes are on fire
JA: When was the last time you had your eyes checked? In general, how has your vision been lately?
Customer: i have slight stomach discomfort
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: abdomen feels tight with a slight burning sensation
Submitted: 17 days ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 17 days ago.


Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** and I will be helping you today.

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
I have following symptoms
drowsiness and eyes feeling heavy that comes and go
i do not feel fresh after waking
sometimes i feel bloated and have bitter tasting burps
sometimes it feels like burp is stuck in my throat
i have no loss in appetite but feels full by eating 70% of what I eat normally
i have burning sensation near the navel area that goes slight upwards which occurs only at night
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 17 days ago.

Have you had any weight loss?

Have you seen a doctor about the burning and bloating?

What is your diet like? Do you eat regular meals?

What have you tried to help your symptoms?

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
I'm having this problem from last 20 days
No i don't have any weight loss.
I'm having regular meals but eating slightly less then normal.
i have used OTC antaacids and ppis for the last 5 days but no change
Customer: replied 17 days ago.
my abdomen feels tight near and above the umbilical region.
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 17 days ago.

It would take at least 3-5 days to notice any difference from a PPI. You need to see your medical provider for an H. pylori test to rule out an ulcer. That requires not just a PPI but antibiotics as well.

If it is gastric reflux (far more common than ulcers), there are some things you can do to help the symptoms. First of all is not to eat within 3 hours of going to bed. You should also raise the head of the bed about 6 inches higher than the foot. Most people do this by putting the head end of the bed on cinderblocks, or you can buy bed risers at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Avoiding foods that typically trigger symptoms can help. This includes foods that are spicy, greasy, fried, carbonated, citrus, chocolate, peppermint, gas-producing foods (onions, garlic, broccoli, cabbage, beans, etc.), alcohol of all kinds, and also avoiding smoking. Try to eat smaller meals every 3 hours or so rather than 3 large meals per day, and nothing for 3 hours before going to bed.

You should try to maintain your normal exercise routine (30-60 minutes per day) and try to relieve stress by whatever method works for you. Some people only require exercise, but there is also yoga, meditation, music, reading, etc.

Please let me know what other questions you have about this.

Kind regards,



Customer: replied 17 days ago.
if it is gastric reflux, will it be chronic or acute?
like gerd?
Customer: replied 17 days ago.
How long will it take for symptoms to completely go away?
can acid reflux cause eyes and head heaviness and drowsiness?
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 17 days ago.

Gastric reflux is GERD (gastroesphageal reflux disease).

There is no way to predict if it will be chronic. Some people experience just an episode when they aren't careful with what they eat. Yet sometimes, people are completely cured with weight loss if they are overweight and short term therapy. There is no way to tell who will respond in what way.

"...can acid reflux cause eyes and head heaviness and drowsiness?..."

No, it cannot, but lack of quality sleep because you are having GI symptoms can.

Best regards,



Customer: replied 17 days ago.
can gerd attack last for such long time? like 20 days in my case?
I'm not having any trouble sleeping. I sleep 8-9 hrs regularly.
Customer: replied 17 days ago.
my doctor also gave me antibiotic cefixime ofloxacin when my symptoms just started. Can h. pylori treated by these?
Customer: replied 17 days ago.
my main symptom is eye heaviness ,burning and general eye fatigue . It feels good when i close my eyes.
If it is not related with gerd then what it is?
what should i do to relieve it. Its interfering with my day job. I'm not able to concentrate properly .I have a sick feeling when it occurs.
Customer: replied 17 days ago.
my head feels heavy and I feel drowsy
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 17 days ago.

If GERD isn't properly treated with medication and lifestyle changes it can last indefinitely.

H. pylori is treated with several different drug combinations, but cefixime and oflaxacin aren't used in any of them.

It isn't the hours of sleep you get, but the quality. Generally daytime drowsiness is a symptom of poor quality sleep.

There is no way to tell what the eye problem is being caused by without an examination by your ophthalmologist. It can be dry eye syndrome, allergies, or less likely an infection.