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Although it is often thought of as a fairly trivial condition, heartburn can be incredibly painful and exhausting to live with when it is severe and occurs regularly. If you have frequent episodes of heartburn, here are two signs that it's time for you to start looking for a health care clinic that provides heartburn treatment.
It is affecting your sleep and your ability to eat properly
Lots of people who experience heartburn find that lying horizontally makes it worse, as this position allows the acid in their stomach to easily flow into their oesophagus. Because of this, heartburn can disrupt their sleep and leave them feeling tired a lot of the time. Furthermore, it can also affect their ability to relax and enjoy their foods at mealtimes as many types of meals, including those that contain citrus fruits, fried foods or chilli powder, can trigger this condition.
If you are sleep-deprived because of your heartburn and are starting to dread mealtimes and become anxious at thought of eating, then you need to get this issue under control by getting a doctor at your chosen health care clinic to give you some prescription medication.
If you don't take action now, your sleep deprivation and your reluctance to eat may cause a decline in your physical health. For example, a lack of sleep can increase your risk of getting ill because it has a negative impact on the immune system. Additionally, you may develop nutrient deficiencies if you continue to skip meals or only eat tiny portions in order to avoid triggering your heartburn.
You are consuming more than the recommended amount of antacids on a daily basis
If in an effort to keep your heartburn at bay, you are consuming far more than the recommended amount of antacids each day, then it is definitely time to give up this habit and get a more effective treatment at a health care clinic. There are several reasons why you need to do this. Firstly, excess consumption of antacids can cause some very severe and uncomfortable digestive issues.
Secondly, if you need to chew on antacids all day long to minimise the pain that the heartburn is causing, then this is a clear sign that this medication is not the right treatment for you. Chronic heartburn of this kind that is only barely suppressed by the near-constant consumption of antacids could potentially be caused by gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. In this case, you would need a stronger medication to get this condition under control and stop the excessive acid production to stop it from irreparably damaging your oesophagus and throat.