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    1. Heartburn: Spot Your Personal Triggers

      Doctors call it reflux. You probably call it heartburn. But whatever it's called, no one wants to experience the unpleasant sensations of heartburn -- a burning chest pain that moves up toward the throat, and an acid or bitter taste accompanied by a feeling that whatever you just ate is coming back

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    2. Living with GERD and Food Intolerances: Trudy McCulloch's Story

      I didn't know I had food intolerances until I was in my 30s. I'd had trouble with my digestion since birth. As a baby I had a lot of gas and would often get diarrhea. My mother thought it was because I was a preemie. Those stomach problems eased by the time I was 6 months old, and I was relatively h

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    3. Silent No More: Get Help for Your Hemorrhoids

      Need relief for painful, itching hemorrhoids? Better yet, how would you like to prevent flare-ups in the first place? About 10 million Americans suffer from hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the rectum or around the anus. They can be internal or external. External hemorrhoids more commonly cau

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    4. Chronic Constipation: Facts vs. Myths

      Constipation, the most common digestive complaint in the U.S. population, can make life miserable. Not only does constipation make you feel bloated, headachy, and irritable, but relieving constipation -- especially long-term or chronic constipation -- is time consuming and expensive. Each year in th

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    5. Crohn's Disease: 54 Tips to Help You Manage

      Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease affecting 500,000 Americans, can overwhelm your daily life. Day-to-day living is especially difficult if you suffer chronic symptoms like frequent diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, anal tears, or bowel obstructions. Fortunately, treatments for Crohn'

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    6. No More Heartburn

      By Lisa Collier New Treatments, from Easy At-Home Tricks to an Amazing 20-Minute Hospital Fix Yesterday, 15 million Americans were miserable. That's how many women and men get heartburn every single day. Over the past month, some 60 million people experienced either the main symptom — a severe burni

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    7. Severe Heartburn? It May Be GERD

      You thought you have a simple case of heartburn, but lately, after adding a few inches to your waistline, it's more than that: a frequent feeling of pain under your breastbone; the faint taste of acid on the back of your tongue; trouble sleeping a few times a week; and problems swallowing. It happen

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    8. Tips for Sleep Without Heartburn

      As many as one in four Americans may suffer heartburn at night, according to a study published in 2005 in the journal CHEST. The figure is even higher among people who say they suffer chronic heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In a separate 2005 survey of 1,900 people with GERD in

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    9. Travel Tips: Don’t Vacation With Heartburn

      For people with heartburn, vacations have many perils: unusual foods, irregular meal times, and our very human urge to overindulge. "When people are on vacation, they eat a lot, they drink a lot, and they don't sleep much," says David Carr-Locke, MD, director of endoscopy at Brigham and Women's Hosp

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    10. Even a Little Weight Gain – or Loss -- Can Affect Your Heartburn

      Anybody can get heartburn, even the skinniest person you know, but the more excess weight you carry the more likely it is, researchers have long suspected. Now a new study offers some surprising news: Gaining just a few extra pounds can boost your heartburn risk, even if your body mass index (BMI) i

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