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.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Do You Have Ankle Sprain Injury?

By Ferdinand Emy

Why do many people suffer from sprain and are not even aware of it, and what is it anyway? Musing along these lines, well you are not alone. It is noteworthy to note that physicians are musing about the portion that has absolutely reasonable people ignore the pain they are suffering and rather than seek out a physician they alternatively opt for treating what is a sprain but what they believe to be little more than a pulled muscle.

Perchance this dates back to the last time they sought the services of a doctor who did not agree with their assessment and rather than treating a sprain, merely suggested some over the counter pain killers.

Having realized that they are really having pain of a sprain, they lost trust in themselves to adequately recognise what a sprain is, and instead of paying huge amount of money for medical check up, they choose self medication. Physicians admit that in some cases, the lines are blurry, all the same even so the notion of failing to solicit a medical advice, when all of a sudden there is a sprained joint, till surprise them more than they anticipated.

This of course implores the question, how do you know what is a sprain? How do you know what is a sprain that requires medical attention? Generally speaking, sprains are highly common injuries that happen oftentimes over the course of a lifetime. While other sprains may be so severe that they would require a medical intervention, others are minor. As a general rule of thumb, in an effort to discover what is a sprain and when does it require medical intervention, listen to your body. If the joint hurts so badly that use of the limb is greatly curtailed, it is time to visit the doctor.

Contrary to this, even if the pain is bearable, notwithstanding a pack of ice and a few over the counter pain relief can effectively cause the distended surface on the skin to subside cursorily, also using the limb with caution is still viable, then a physician's visit may be temporarily suspended till the next day. Doctor's visit can feasibly be forgone if there seem to be no more swelling, discoloration skin, or any other signs that the limb is in distress. Finally it is now obvious what is a sprain that does not need medical check-up; nevertheless the rest should be brought to a physician's attention as soon as feasible.

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