Heartburn, also known as acid indigestion is a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone or in the upper abdomen. The pain often rises in the chest and may seem like it has spread to the neck, throat, or jaw.
Heartburn is usually accompanied by regurgitation of gastric acid (gastric reflux) which is the major symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a chronic symptom of injury to the mucus lining caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus.
GERD is typically caused by changes in the area between the esophagus and the stomach. This may include abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, which holds the top of the stomach closed; impaired expulsion of gastric reflux from the esophagus, or a hiatal hernia.
If you experience heartburn or acid reflux more than twice a week, you may have chronic acid reflux or GERD. (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).
Call if you are experiencing any of the accompanying signs:
Asthma or asthma-like symptoms.
Hoarseness or sore throat.
Pain or discomfort in the chest.
Intolerance of certain foods.
Burning in the mouth or throat.
Reflux-related sleep disorders.
Yellow fluid or stains on pillow after sleep.
Dental erosions, gum disease or inflammation.
Excessive clearing to the throat.