Okay, well this actually could be caused by heartburn. Heartburn is also called GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). Other symptoms include regurgitation, difficulty swallowing and even chronic cough
Heart burn is caused by the reflux of acidic secretions from the stomach. As you lie down, there is no gravity to encourage the flow of gastric secretions out the bottom (or pyloric sphincter) of the stomach. So the secretions come up through the esophagus and into the chest. Some people complain of a cough at night or an usual sensation in the chest.
Treatment with the H2 blockers (such as pepcid- which you now can buy over the counter) and medications such as maalox and mylanta. If this does not work, you may need prescription H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors (PPI). Rarely do you need surgery (may be needed in the case of a hiatal hernia)
Common foods that can worsen reflux symptoms include
drinks with caffeine or alcohol
fatty and fried foods
garlic and onions
tomato-based foods, like spaghetti sauce, salsa, chili, and pizza
As well you need to stop smoking. Avoid foods and beverages that worsen symptoms. Lose weight if needed. Eat small, frequent meals. Wear loose-fitting clothes. Avoid lying down for 3 hours after a meal. Raise the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches by securing wood blocks under the bedposts. Just using extra pillows will not help.
If you have any black stool, bloody stool, severe burning, vomiting fevers or other concerns, you need to see a physician right away.
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