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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Early Symptoms Of Arthritis - If I Have These Symptoms Do I Have Arthritis

By Lizzie S Joyner

It can be scary going to the doctor, but you can be in and out quicker if you are able to give your doctor accurate descriptions of you problem. Be sure to tell him or her when the problem started and if there are any times the pains seems worse. Also knowing these common arthritis symptoms will make you realize when to make a doctors appointment or not. Generally, the earlier your doctor knows about your arthritis symptoms, the earlier you can be accurately diagnosed and get effective treatment.

Joint discomfort is the biggie of arthritis symptoms. Arthritis is an umbrella term for over one hundred sorts of inflammations of the joints. Joints, in this situation, don't refer to any herbal smokes, but to the natural hinges of your body. Joints and, joint discomfort, are in your wrists, ankles, hips, neck, fingers, knees and shoulders. This is generally a pain you have never had before while performing jobs that you never previously had any issues doing,e.g. opening a bottle or turning the pages of a book or walking up a flight of steps.

Joint rigidity is another of the major arthritis symptoms to watch out for. Limbs and joints that previously not hurt while moving not only hurt, they do not want to move. This may be adapted like a hand refusing to uncurl from a fist position you made as you slept to not having the ability to move a leg. You move ( or can't move ) more like the Tin Man in The Magician of Oz before he is getting his dose from the oil can. This may improve across the day, and frequently becomes worse in the cold.

Physical joint changes are other common arthritis symptoms, though they don't happen to everybody with the beginnings of arthritis. The unpleasant places of your body become visibly distended, more red or stained and extremely tender, frequently to the point at which the one thing they can put up with touching them is air.

In order to diagnose you and get you the help you want as fast as practicable, your doctor will also have to know your medical history and the medical histories of your sisters and brothers, if at all possible. If they are ready to chat about the topic, ask and write down what your parents or sibling remember about when their arthritis started and what sort of arthritis it was diagnosed as.

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