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What is likely to cause pain in the top part of my stomach?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Most common diagnosis: Heartburn 

At the top of your abdomen (12:00 position), your esophagus meets the stomach. When the muscle connecting the 2 relaxes at the wrong time it can allow stomach acid to back up, causing the searing pain known as heartburn

What you can do: Take OTC antacids neutralize the acid. If after a week, you’re still experiencing heartburn 2 times or more a week, it’s time to see your doctor. When left untreated, chronic heartburn can cause esophageal damage, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and put you at risk for esophageal cancer.


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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