Heartburn, Nausea and WeaknessHeartburn is a burning sensation in the chest. This pain often radiates to the neck and throat. Heartburn is also known as pyrosis or acid indigestion. Heartburn indicates acid reflux and when you frequently have heartburn you might suffer from the gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Heartburn is not a permanent condition and can occur after a meal or after you lie down. Also, it can be caused by some temporary condition, such as pregnancy. Heartburn is not dangerous, but when it comes in combination with nausea and weakness it can indicate something far more sinister.
People affected by gastroesophageal reflux disease usually suffer from nausea. But if nausea is associated with acid reflux it can be quite frequent. Refluxed acid may cause bitter taste in the throat which may lead to regurgitation or even vomiting. Typically, people with GERD who suffer from nausea rarely experience heartburn and vice versa.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is often followed by two types of weakness. First type of weakness takes place in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Lower esophageal sphincter allows food to enter and prevents digestive acids to come up from the stomach. Conversely, if LES muscle becomes weak it causes acid reflux. This condition usually results from: fatty and spicy foods, caffeine, citrus fruits, alcohol, carbonated beverages, smoking and excess weight.
The second type of weakness may actually be fatigue. This can be caused by various reasons. For example, if you eat heavy meals, such as meat, they can be hard to digest and may cause you to feel fatigued or tired. Also, when you sleep all your muscles as well as lower esophageal sphincter muscle relax. That is why you may experience heartburn during sleep which can lead to fatigue during daytime. If you are overweight your muscles and process of digestion can be strained thus leading to heartburn.
TreatmentHeartburn, nausea and weakness treatment consists of preventing acid reflux from occurring. This means that you should avoid that cause LES muscle to weaken. Also, you mustn’t eat couple of hours prior to bedtime or lying down. When you eat don’t do it fast. When you lie, keep your head elevated a few inches. Avoid physical strain after a meal and reduce your body weight.
Additionally, acid can be neutralized with herbal remedies such as Active Manuka Honey, ginger tea and papaya. You might take anti-acid medications as well. They include antacids, H2 receptor blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors.