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  • I have a heartburn like a hot thing coming in

  • There is a feeling of strangeness in the pit of the stomach

  • There is a feeling that gastric fluid is flowing up

  • Chest discomfort gets better when I drink something

  • Coughing and reflux sensation when I lie down

  • Acid reflux when I eat too much

  • Acid reflux when I eat too fast

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Heartburn is a burning pain in the chest, just behind the breastbone. The pain is often worse after eating, in the evening, or when lying down or bending over.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Recent weight loss

  • Abdominal pain

  • Melena (black stools)

Possible causes

  • Helicobacter pylori infection

    Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori, is a bacteria that is commonly found in the stomach of approximately half the world's population.The vast majority of people have no symptoms. However, H. pylori is capable of causing a number of digestive problems, including ulcers and, rarely, stomach cancer. H. pylori bacteria may spread through direct contact with saliva, vomit, feces or contaminated food or water.

  • Functional dyspepsia

    A condition where symptoms such as pain or indigestion persist, even though investigations of the stomach and esophagus show no abnormalities.

  • Gastritis

    A condition where the surface lining of the stomach is damaged, causing abdominal pain and discomfort. Causes include stress, binge-eating, excessive alcohol intake, and infection with the bacteria H. pylori.

  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastroduodenal ulcer
  • Aerophagia
  • Gastric cancer
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Ovarian cyst

Related serious diseases

  • Myocardial infarction (MI) / Unstable angina

    These are often grouped together under the term "Acute Coronary Syndrome " (ACS) and is potentially life-threatening. This results from a blood vessel supplying the heart being blocked, usually by a blood clot. Risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle diabetes and family history of cardiovascular diseases (e.g. stroke, heart disease).

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have heartburn?

  • Do you have a burning or hunger sensation in the pit of your stomach?

  • Do you have discomfort (but not pain) around the upper part of your abdomen /stomach? Such as an upset tummy?

  • Do you have heartburn?

  • Do you get heartburn after eating?

Other Related Symptoms

Similar symptoms or complaints


  • Heartburn and acid reflux


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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (GP / Family doctor)

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

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