Tips for empty stomach heartburn?
August 17, 2012 10:19 PM Subscribe
I'm fairly certain I have GERD & I am making an appointment with a specialist, but in the meantime, what are your tricks for avoiding or quashing ye olde heartburn?
posted by katemcd to health & fitness (35 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
It's pretty much a foregone conclusion I have GERD. I have persistent, as in every damn day, heartburn for months on end (years, if I'm being truly honest) and I'm calling to make an appointment with a specialist tomorrow. This is a medical issue on both sides of my family, eventually progressing to esophageal & stomach cancer on the paternal side with more than one relative including my own father (who knows if that's genetic, environmental, or a combination of both). Anyways, at the moment I am using Zantac and Tums to keep symptoms at bay, but it's probably only 75% successful, if that. Assume I'm airing on the side of optimistic/minimizing. The thing that kills me is the heartburn I get from an empty stomach. It's not that I don't eat or that I'm eating super acidic or aggravating foods, but the periods when I'm in between meals and have no desire to eat have me flummoxed because I have no idea what to do to stop the pain. What are your tricks to keeping empty stomach heartburn at bay? Chugging water & skim milk doesn't seem to do much, except on a psychological level perhaps. You are not my doctor and this is no way a replacement for medical care, I'm just looking for behavioral things I can do to minimize discomfort until I consult with a doctor and have more tangible solutions (and I already know through the experience of my parents that even those behavioral changes/tricks directed by a doctor can be imperfect). Ideally, I'm looking for preventative behavioral changes, but I'll settle for tactics to employ when I'm in distress. Thank you in advance!