Heartburn, Ulcers, and Stomach Acid Production
Heartburn is the most common symptom of having too much stomach acid. Heart burn can be terribly painful and disruptive. In severe cases of heart burn the person can not keep anything down.
When the heart burn is frequent, such as daily, it’s known as acid reflux disease. Acid reflux disease happens when the stomach produces too much acid and that acid, over time, eats away the lining of the stomach and esophagus.
The main symptom of the disease is almost constant heart burn that antacids will not relieve. If you are taking antacids and they are not working you may have acid reflux disease. Taking too many antacids that contain calcium can cause more problems than they solve.
Yes, the antacids may relieve the heart burn temporarily but in the long run eating too many of them can cause kidney stones. Antacids like Tums and Rolaids contain high amounts of calcium which can build up and form calcium cysts in your kidneys. They say that passing a kidney stone is more painful than having a baby.
When the body becomes stressed it produces more stomach acid. In many cases, over time, this can lead to an ulcer. You won’t truly know you have an ulcer until your doctor runs some tests. An ulcer with make your stomach hurt. It will burn and cause you a lot of discomfort.
If antacids do not help the pain what you have is an ulcer caused from too much stomach acid. If you get heartburn frequently you should talk to your doctor. He or she can run tests on you to determine the cause of your stomach acid problems. Medications like Nexium can be taken daily to reduce the body’s stomach acid production. These types of medications are acid blockers and after they have been taken for a while the damage the stomach acid caused will begin to reverse and heal.
To avoid symptoms in the mean time do not eat spicy foods. Avoid anything containing acids as well, such as tomato sauces and citrus fruits.
Talk to your doctor if you have heart burn more than 3 times per week or if you are vomiting stomach acid. Vomiting up bile, which is bright green stomach acid, is not a good sign. This could mean that you have bigger problems than acid reflux disease. Bile is associated with the liver. If you are vomiting up a green substance, which is stomach acid, you may have a problem with your liver and should talk to a doctor immediately.