No Time for Heartburn

11 Surprising Symptoms of Acid Reflux

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Post-meal pain

Pain that sets in right after a meal—especially a big meal—often means the stomach is overloaded and its contents have nowhere to go but up. But you may be able to prevent this without taking medication.

"I would stress not eating big, fatty meals and watching [your intake of alcohol and tobacco]," says Dr. Coyle, who is a spokesman for the American College of Gastroenterology.

And it's another reason not to recline after dining.

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