Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Quick and Easy Hemorrhoid Cures

By Heather-Jane Hunter

As an ex sufferer of hemorrhoids I once found myself in a situation where I felt that everything I tried failed. Nothing worked for me for a long time and I was left feeling demoralized and doomed. I was at a point where I was willing to do anything to get rid of my hemorrhoids once and for all.

Looking back on those times I have the virtue of hindsight. I suffered a lot and learned a lot. In this article I will tell you a little more about some of the things I tried and give you some pointers as to which type of hemorrhoid cure is best for you.

Painful side-effects were one of the main problems I experienced when using creams and gels to try to cure my hemorrhoids. My hemorrhoids did reduce in size but over the period of a couple of days the irritation increased to the point where I was experiencing burning and stinging sensations which eventually forced me to end the treatment. The way that the majority of gels, creams and lotions work is by first reducing the swelling which in turn reduces pain. As mentioned above " my hemorrhoids did reduce in size but my pain increased. Im sure that some hemorrhoid creams would work effectively but none that I tried worked for me. If you do use creams keep a close eye on your progress and if you notice any increase in irritation or pain, stop the treatment immediately.

Hemorrhoid surgery is usually reserved for only severe cases of hemorrhoids. This is for 2 main reasons. It is very costly (usually upwards of US$1200), and it can be very painful. Luckily I never needed hemorrhoid surgery although I did come very close to having it and I do know numerous people who have had hemorrhoid surgery. A friend of mine called Jared had a hemorrhoidectomy after battling hemorrhoids for more than 18 months. He was practically bed ridden for over 4 weeks following the operation and struggle with extreme pain. Hemorrhoidectomys are not for the faint hearted. Be prepared for extreme pain and expect to remain in the house for at least 3 weeks after the operation. While hemorrhoidectomys do cure hemorrhoids, it is possible that hemorrhoids will return at some time in the future. Hemorrhoid surgery should only be used as a last resort after all other methods have been tried.

The way I finally cured my hemorrhoids (after struggling for 18 months) was through using natural hemorrhoid remedies. The natural remedies worked so well for me because they work on fighting the cause of hemorrhoids instead of healing the effects of hemorrhoids. Natural hemorrhoid remedies can work very quickly to cure hemorrhoids with some people noticing results in as little as 4-5 days. Natural hemorrhoid cures are by far the cheapest option and can be done from you own home.

If you suffer from hemorrhoids or know of someone who suffers from hemorrhoids, a wealth of information is available from the pages mentioned below.

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