Almost everyone had heartburn at some point. More than 60 million Americans suffer from it regularly. Heartburn is caused by lose valve between our stomach and esophagus (the tube between the stomach and the throat), which allows the food, together with stomach acid, to back up. If it burns like heartburn, feels like heartburn, we normally think that it is heartburn, gulp a couple of Tums and go on our merry way. But, sometimes the same burning feeling in the chest and throat is more than just heartburn and it requires medical help, before it turns into something nasty. There is a range of health issues that show the same symptoms as common heartburn.
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is chronic heartburn, heartburn that is almost daily occurrence. It is commonly the result of permanent damage of the esophagus valve. It is usually enough to adapt our diet to avoid foods that trigger it. Antacids help too.
Peptic ulcer often starts with heartburn. People with peptic ulcer have sores in the lining of the stomach and small intestine, made by stomach juices. Peptic ulcers are caused by over-production of acid or mucus, commonly caused by a bacteria or the abuse of pain killers and some other medication.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of any part of the digestive system. It causes ulcers and inflammation in the deep layers of the lining of the digestive system. Besides heartburn, people with Crohn”s disease experience diarrhea, stomach pain, fever and loss of appetite. Crohn”s disease is caused by the compromised immune system, genetics, some foods and many other, still unknown, causes. Crohn”s disease can be very seriou