Delayed Heartburn: What You Can Do About It

Heartburn symptoms typically come on soon after eating a heavy meal, spicy foods, or having exposure to other heartburn triggers. Symptoms vary by each individual, but often include burning in the chest, a cough, hoarseness, or even asthma when food or acid in the stomach back-washes into the esophagus. However, people who have delayed gastric emptying may feel the symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease hours or even days later. Both chronic and delayed heartburn can unleash havoc on a person’s quality of life. Luckily, if you are one of those people who experience delayed heartburn there are some things you can do to minimize your symptoms.

  • Maintain a food diary. For several consecutive days, record everything you drink and eat, including how you feel afterwards. After a few days, you’ll likely notice a pattern, which will help you determine which foods cause you to have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease symptoms and which don’t. In some cases, you may have to look back at your food diary for several days to see what triggered your symptoms. For instance, garlic is a known delayed heartburn trigger.
  • Eliminate fatty foods, coffee, and alcohol as well as late-night meals.
  • Reduce your stress level. Stress is a known heartburn trigger, so do whatever you can to reduce your stress.
  • Change dietary habits. Learn to chew your food more slowly, eat smaller meals, and eat foods that are low in fat.
  • Use over-the-counter medications. Over-the-counter medications can help to neutralize stomach acid which in turn can help reduce your heartburn and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease symptoms. Alternatively, try a home remedy such as a glass of milk or piece of bread.
  • Speak to your Bradenton Florida physician. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a proton pump inhibitor, or PPI, which lowers your stomach acid. With a proper diet, exercise regime, and lifestyle changes a PPI may only be needed temporarily.

Heartburn is a frequent problem for many people, and for some the pain appears hours or even days after the trigger adding confusion to the discomfort. There are ways to treat your delayed heartburn.