We all suffer form heartburn occasionally however there are some unfortunate people who suffer every day.
The pain of heartburn is usually a burning, piercing pain in the chest which can vary greatly in intensity. It can be very and severe travel up to the shoulder, the neck and even into the jaw. When this happens it can be very difficult to tell whether it is heartburn or a heart attack. If there is any doubt you must get checked out.
Heartburn occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach finds its way into the esophagus through the one way value which separates the two. The fact that this is happening may mean that there is some kind of weakness in the value.
However there can be many things which cause this to happen for example:
Bending a lot can put upward pressure onto the value which separates the stomach and the esophagus which allows the value to open slightly and the stomach acid pass through causing pain and discomfort. This is also very common during pregnancy.
The types of food and drink you consume can also have a lot to do with your heartburn pain. Certain foods especially those which are fatty or spicy often cause the stomach to produce excess acid – fatty foods need more to allow them to be broken down. The acid then finds its way from the stomach into the esophagus and the symptoms begin.
The muscle which is supposed to prevent the stomach contents escaping into the esophagus can become weakened as I said earlier. The main things which are likely to cause this are the over indulgence in alcohol and tobacco.
The fact is that if heartburn is left untreated the acidic stomach contents will eventually seriously damage the esophagus which does not have a mucus layer to protect it.