Heartburn – Symptoms and treatment

Heartburn is in most cases caused by a hiatal hernia, which means that the diaphragm is weakened. Being frequently troubled by heartburn affects your everyday life and sleep.

Everything from feeling a burning sensation in your throat during meals, avoiding certain foods, tea or coffee. You feel tired and irritated due to disturbed sleep, because gastric acid more easily leaks when you lie down.

In the long-term this can impact your work, your relationships with friends and family. In many cases of heartburn, you also suffer from other symptoms. For example, the issue may get worse when you bend over to tie your shoes, lift something heavy, or do sit-ups.

Recurrent heartburn over a longer period, with the feeling that nothing helps, can create intense frustration and resignation. Today there is a treatment that strengthens your musculature where needed, therefore treating the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.

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What causes heartburn?

What causes heartburn? Often it is a hiatal hernia, which means that the diaphragm is weakened. Symptoms such as heartburn and acid reflux arise when gastric juices leak into the oesophagus.

I this video, specialist nurse Charlotte Pålsson explains the underlying causes of the symptoms (choose English subtitles).

A weak diaphragm can be due to genetics, a change in diet, that food nowadays is often not chewed enough, sedentary work, low levels of physical activity, heavy lifting or pregnancy.

But in many cases it is not known why the problems have occurred. Heartburn can affect children, adolescents and adults.

If you have heartburn, you may also have symptoms like a dry cough, a lump in your throat or prolonged hoarseness. These are some other common symptoms of hiatus hernia.

How to get rid of heartburn

You’ve probably searched for many ways to alleviate the issue: everything from antacids, home remedies, to sleeping sitting up, and avoiding certain types of food and drink. All this achieved only partially successful results.

Antacids, also called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), are the most commonly used method of trying to alleviate heartburn symptoms. Due to their known side effects, these should only be used in case of temporary problems, not in the long term.

Nevertheless, if you have been using antacids for a long period (one to two months or longer), the general recommendation is to phase out usage (unless the medicine has been prescribed by a doctor for another reason)[1-7] .

Before beginning to phase out usage, it is a good idea to have begun your IQoro training. Through parallel training with IQoro of 90 seconds a day, you strengthen the diaphragm muscles and treat the root cause of heartburn. 

Read more how the treatment works.

Reference sources

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  2. Region Halland, Läkemedelskommittén [Pharmaceutical Committee] (2018), Information om omeprazol och andra protonpumpshämmare, Att sluta med behandlingen[Information about Omeprazol and other PPIs – stopping treatment] https://www.regionhalland.se/PageFiles/136945/724_Broschyr_A5_PPI_V6.pdf Retrieved: 26/10/2018 at 17:16
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  9. Hägg M, Tibbling L, Franzén T. Esophageal dysphagia and reflux symptoms before and after oral IQoro® training. World J Gastroenterol 2015; 21(24): 7558-7562.

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