Other names include dyspepsia, heartburn, or an upset stomach. People may describe a burning pain in the chest, pain coming up into the mouth, belching or upper abdominal discomfort. It may aggravated by eating too much, spicy foods or alcohol.
Mostly it is due to a failure of the valve at the junction between the stomach and the oesophagus allowing acid to get into the oesophagus and cause a burn. The stomach may just be too fun or there maybe pressure from outside that overcomes the closing mechanism such as obesity or even pregnancy.
The value mechanism is directly compromised by alcohol and cigarettes.
It is generally fixed with some lifestyle measures, and if necessary various medications that either neutralise the acid or stop its production Lifestyle includes smaller meals ,eating at least 3 hours before going to bed, avoiding stooping, decreasing alcohol consumption and stopping smoking. Yo can try antacids and acid suppressors from the chemist, but if it is still a problem then a visit to the doctor for strong medication maybe the answer. In younger people with serve symptoms there is also a surgical option.
Occasionally these symptoms can be due to other problems and if it is too persistent then it is always worth getting it checked out.