Is It Just Heartburn Or Something Much Worse?

Heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?

Nobody wants to be that person that runs to the doctor’s office every time they get a little sniffle or a headache. Most of the time those symptoms will just pass and there’s no need to waste the doctor’s time. However, you can’t always be so sure. In some cases, if these symptoms persist, they might be indicators of a much larger problem. I’m not suggesting that you do start calling up your GP every few days, but you shouldn’t keep putting off those discomforts if they won’t go away. These are some of the most common symptoms that could be an indication of something more serious.


Heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?
If you get heartburn more than twice a week, it may be time to see your GP. Creative Commons Images, Nick Youngson, CC BY-SA 3.0.

I think we’ve all had a little heartburn from time to time. When you eat a little too fast you might experience some pain. That’s perfectly normal and you can stop it if you just slow down a little when you eat. But if you’re experiencing heartburn more than normal, you might be having some larger problems. If you start to get heartburn anything more than a few times a week, you need to see a GI Doctor because there’s a chance that you might have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Around twenty percent of Americans suffer from the condition but the number could be far higher because a lot of people just put it down to heartburn. Other symptoms include bad breath and tooth decay so if you experience these symptoms along with heartburn, seek medical advice straightaway.


Having fevers? It may not just be allergies
If your symptoms don’t cease, it may be that you have more than allergies. Is it the flu instead? Pixabay Creative Commons.

Having allergies during the spring months is awful. It feels like the whole world is trying to attack you and wherever you go, your symptoms just won’t go away. The best way to treat it is to take antihistamines, but you might find that they don’t do anything. Most people just put it down to their allergies being incredibly strong, but that isn’t always the case. You might actually have a serious case of the flu. Telling the difference isn’t that easy but there are some small details that can give away the signs. If your snot is a dark green color, that’s a sign of infection. Fevers are another symptom that is never caused by allergies so that should be a cause for concern as well. If you think that you might be experiencing something more than allergies, see your doctor because you’ll need antibiotics to clear it up.


Serious condition or a headache from stress
Your headache may be a symbol of something else. Pixabay Creative Commons.

Headaches aren’t usually a cause for concern. We all get them from time to time and they can be caused by all sorts of things including stress and dehydration. A simple headache is easily rectified with an aspirin, but in some cases, that might not be getting to the root of the issue. If your headaches come on immediately and they’re very strong, that could be an indication of bleeding on the brain so this needs to be seen to straight away. If they are combined with other symptoms like a stiff neck, you might be suffering from Lyme disease. When you’re getting older, you’re more susceptible to serious conditions that cause headaches so if you’re having them often, get yourself checked out.      

25 thoughts on “Is It Just Heartburn Or Something Much Worse?”

  1. I suffered from heartburn for months on and off, combined with symptoms which came on afterwards, it turned out to be gall bladder related and I had surgery to have mine removed earlier this year. Amazing what heartburn can signify.

  2. Heartburn is terrible! I had the worst Heartburn when I was pregnant. I couldn’t keep any food down and it was making me feel nauseous. Luckily it went away after I gave birth. I can’t imagine what it’d be like to have it all the time!

  3. I got a spring allergy this year, but (as you’ve mentioned) a visit to the doctor saved my day! Luckily, I didn’t have fever…so it was just the smell of flowers that had gotten to me!

  4. That’s a great advice, Christy. It’s true that we ignore these common aches and pains, but our body is telling us, actually insisting that we pay attention and seek medical assistance asap.

  5. The Laughable Cheese

    I knew someone with very serious heart burn. it was kind of scary, he’d be in terrible pain many many times after he ate. And yes it was serious he said but he wouldn’t get the surgery he needed. I think he had a hole in his esophagus or something. I don’t remember, but it required an expensive surgery. don’t ever know what he’s doing now. But yes it can be serious.

  6. Sound advice, Christy. I know some people are petrified at the thought of seeing their doctor. I’ve been seeing mine every three months for 22 years now. There’s nothing to fear but fear itself!

    1. Yes, sometimes we build things up in our minds! You’re right about that, John. Thanks for checking in with the blog in addition to your doctor ;)

  7. As always you write some very good points. I would add that for the symptom of heartburn it can be a symptom of ovarian cancer. We strongly suggest that the woman see a gynecologist if heartburn lasts longer than 2 weeks and request an Angio ultrasound and CA125.

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