I have really bad acid reflux. It has been 2 hours and after taking tums, it's even worse. Should I go to emergency room or is there something else I can do?
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 34
What are your symptoms?
Are you feeling pain? Where is the pain exactly?
it feels like the food is stuck in the middle of my chest
Do you feel any shortness of breath?
like right below my sternum, every time i swallow it feels like it starts to come back up. and ive been spitting for over 2 hours now
When did you take meal?
it has happened other times to me in the past, but it usually goes away in 5 minutes or at the most half hour
There can be reflux, spasm of esophagus.
In other cases it can be related to heart issues like angina.
I would suggest to get an examination in ER.
You can need a few tests like EKG, blood, echo etc.
would reflux typically go away by now?
or is it possible that i aggravated it by taking the tums
You can take a nexium or ranitidine.
Reflux symptoms should be lessened by tums.
i did do a swallowing study awhile back and had a hiatal hernia...prescribed nexium but didn't have it filled due to insurance problems
When it is still persisting, it is safer to get it checked in ER.
You can try zantac which will work like nexium in reducing acid.
Do you have any other query?
without zantac or nexium or doing anything, could it get better on its own?
should i try drinking water?
You can drink water.
This would dilute the acid.
any other home type remedies you can recommend?
There are not much home remedies besides those. You have tried antacids or tums.
You need to be careful about diet like avoiding alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods etc.
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Hi I am an ER doctor.My advise would be to take maalox or mylanta. This will make your pain feel better if it is related to acid reflux or esophagitis within 30 minutes.If it helps, then eat a bland diet for the next few days- no alcohol or motrin, spicy foodsIf it does not help, then this may be something like hepatitis or pancreatitis (inflammation of the gallbladder or pancreas, respectively) and this needs to be treated in the ER and you would need to have labs done. But try the maalox or mylanta first- that is what would be the medication we would start off in the ER..
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