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March 10, 2011 4:19 PM
I'm not kidding, when I drink water I get the worst heartburn. I've always had this issue which is why I don't drink water like I should.

I'm trying to make better choices which includes giving up diet soda and other drinks but I don't know if I can handle drinking the water and suffering the results.

Tell me this happens to other people and more importantly tell me there is something I can do about it!
March 10, 2011 4:22 PM
try drinking it at room temp and not cold. That helps me.
March 10, 2011 4:22 PM
OMG... this totally happens to me. I thought I was the onlyl one! :) I don't know why either. If you find out, let me know! LOl
March 10, 2011 4:23 PM
I know sometimes it does that to my hubby as well, don't really know of anything that helps it :(
March 10, 2011 4:26 PM
Try just drinking little amounts and I do mean little. Maybe just a swallow or two every half hour. If you can make yourself belch after drinking water that would help as well. Hope this helps.
March 10, 2011 4:27 PM
If you can find out, let me know. It happens to me too. My husband can drink water all day long and it just makes him feel better. If I drink even a few sips with my medicine it give me heartburn.
March 10, 2011 4:28 PM
It seems strange that you can drink sodas without heartburn, but water causes it. Is it a volume issue? Do you try to drink a full glass of water in the time you would usually sip only a couple of ounces of something else? Physiologically, fluids are more likely to reflux than foods, but carbonated fluids are more likely to reflux than water, so I'm stumped. I usually suggest taking fluids more slowly, eating crackers with them, staying up-right after drinking, but it is the fact that it isn't all fluids, just water, that throws out all my usual advice. I recommend a doctor evaluation to see how bad the erosions in your esophagus are if water causes you significant pain.
March 10, 2011 4:29 PM
I don't personally have this problem, but looks like a lot of people do:

A couple of theories I saw were:
-water was too alkaline, so try putting some lemon juice in it (even though it seems counter-intuitive)
-perhaps you were eating sugary or starchy foods and the water diluted your ability to digest properly; it's the food that gave you the heartburn, the water just made it easier for your body to react that way to the food

Good luck!
March 10, 2011 4:30 PM
Are you using a plastic bottle? Maybe try a glass container and see if that might help.
March 10, 2011 4:30 PM
I also get heart burn when I drink water. There are several over the counter medications that you can try. There's the good old standby - Tums. They work fast but not for very long though. You can pre-treat with something like Zantac that will last a little longer. You take it about an hour before eating and will last you through the day. There are also daily medications that you can take that will prevent heart burn. Prilosec OTC is one of these. You take them every day but they will take about three days to kick in. For the OTC version of Prilosec you can only take a two week course of them, but if you like them you can see your doctor and he/she can write you a prescription for them. ALWAYS CHECK WITH A DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST BEFORE STARTING ANY NEW MEDICATION REGIMEN, especially if you are currently taking any medications. I am in pharmacy school right now and even your local retail pharmacist can be a great information resource, I would check with them to see what they would recommend.
Edited by adhillman01 On March 10, 2011 4:34 PM
March 10, 2011 4:32 PM
Yes I get it too! I posted it a while back and only got one answer, but I have found a couple of things that have helped me a lot. I was using Crystal Light packets, (one packet, in a 20 oz bottle, so that it was a little less flavored and I was trying to lower that amount even.) Then I realized that it has aspartame in it and I am *trying* to lessen my use of artificial stuff. So I bought a little bottle of real lemon juice to flavor my water. I have also heard frozen berries kind of like ice cubes. The flavor makes it much more palatable for me.
That said, after 8 weeks of gradually increasing my water intake, and adding exercise, I grabbed a bottle of room temperature water during my Zumba class the other day, and it went down so easily! I was shocked! That afternoon I also drank another bottle of cold plain water, and had no problem with it either. I don't know if changing to so much better food has made the difference, doing more exercise, or just getting used to it.
Hope that helps you!
March 10, 2011 5:32 PM
I get awfull heartburn from the 'city water' here. If I filter it through a charcoal filter and let it sit in the fridge over night its ok. Evian bottled water gives me heartburn too. I try to get a few gallons from the well at my place in the county when I can.

How much you drink at one time, and what activities you have during or just after drinking a lot of water can affect you too.

I agree with the earlier poster that you should test your water, and treat it as you see fit.
March 10, 2011 5:36 PM
The only time this happens to me is if I have it with greasy food and in that case drinking hot tea helps and is one way to get your water
March 10, 2011 5:41 PM
It happens to me too... it was especially bad when I was pregnant. I started drinking peppermint tea (herbal so no caffiene) and it really helped. (helped my baby girl's colic when I was nursing too!). In the summer I make it iced tea :)
March 10, 2011 5:47 PM
it sounds like some of you might have GERD... water can cause reflux, if its very intense or you suffer daily you should check with your doctors to have it evaluated..
March 11, 2011 4:23 AM
In answer to some of your questions. I don't drink a lot at one time, I sip it throughout the day at my desk at work.

I've been eating pretty healthy, no sugars or starches - lots of protein.

When I drink the water with food I have no issues, it's only when it's just the water.

I'm putting some Tums in my desk drawer today so I'll have that to help out at least. Maybe it's a matter of dropping a little more weight and getting used to it.

I'm just happy to know I'm not alone in this!
April 2, 2011 5:43 AM
Does it for me too... as soon as I have had about 3 cups of water, I start to get pain. But I can drink 8 cups of coffee a day with no problem, but as soon as I have had 3 cups of water ... ouch. Today I was drinking it with lemon juice, just a squeeze... slow paced, not gulping it down.

It is cold. I don't like room temp water. But maybe it won't affect me so badly. :S

Cordial is usually fine, same for any other drinks.

April 2, 2011 1:19 PM

In answer to some of your questions. I don't drink a lot at one time, I sip it throughout the day at my desk at work.

I've been eating pretty healthy, no sugars or starches - lots of protein.

When I drink the water with food I have no issues, it's only when it's just the water.

I'm putting some Tums in my desk drawer today so I'll have that to help out at least. Maybe it's a matter of dropping a little more weight and getting used to it.

I'm just happy to know I'm not alone in this!

I have that problem, and I strongly recommend you, and the others with it get a check up. In my case the damage is done, and I have Barrett's Esophaugus. You may need to take a medication for acid reflux. Hernia may also be an issue. If you dont have heartburn at any other time, you may not need meds on a permanent basis. They do a better job of healing inflammation than tums alone. Good luck
June 25, 2012 9:50 PM
I had that problem for the longest time. I could guzzle a mug of tea with no problem but a few sips of water would make me so uncomfortable! A few months ago I started dieting (just counting calories) and to be honest, because I'm trying not to eat so much, sometime my choices are not always good, ie lunch meat, junk food. But I did start taking a B-complex. I have not had the heartburn for quite some time now. That's the ONLY positive change I can think of that I've made. I did try the lemon juice to no avail. Propel in a 20oz bottle I could drink but not straight water.
July 18, 2012 12:38 PM
Heartburn is caused by acid leaking back into the esophagus because of partial relaxation of the valve between it and the stomach. Generally it is caused by fatty or spicy food, both of which cause the valve to relax.

If a person drank a great deal of water and then compressed the stomach, or if the valve was relaxed otherwise, the acid/water mixture could rise through the valve and definitely cause a burning sensation. If this happens often, it would be a good idea to speak to a doctor about it. Acid reflux can cause serious long-term problems.
January 21, 2013 11:09 PM
Try 1tbsp of apple cider vinigar in 4oz of water (1/2 cup)

Heartburn and acid reflux can also be caused by low levels of acid, and drinking water could cause this by diluting your stomach acid. If this is the case for you things like pepto, tums and zantec which reduce acid may help a bit at first but can make the problem worse. I have the same problem and this helps me, but checking with a dr. is always a good idea
April 10, 2013 3:49 AM
I am struggling with this as well. I can drink Diet Coke till I float and I am not kidding. But water cold or room temperature will give me a horrible stomach ache. Burns so bad. Occasionally it will come up into my throat but not always. The flavor packets or mio cause issues for me as well. I do not drink any juices with sugar in it as I am a faithful low carber for 9 years. I do not like tea and can drink coffee but need cream in it.

I read this, if you put acid in water it will not cause issues but if you put water in acid it will bubble up. So the theory is that when I drink the water it mixes with my stomach acid causing this. I would like to curb my diet coke addiction but not sure what to drink.
April 19, 2013 9:51 PM
Finally, someone other than me has this issue. I did check with my Doctor who said he had never heard of this before (he is a young Dr. however), and has me on famotidine. When I was young I could drink gallons of water a day and never had a problem,and I loved water. For about 3 years now I Ihave been unable to drink any amount of water without getting indigestion. I take my medication and drink gatorade, however if I consume too much, I get indigestion. I will check with my Dr. again because I am beginning to have some trouble swallowing foods. Thanks to everyone for all the tips.
June 13, 2013 8:36 AM
I also have this problem! I thought I was a big weirdo. Glad to see I am not. I have been drinking water instead of coffee, soda, etc. When I drink it i get heartburn. Not a mild one either. It also causes me to burp uncomfortably.
June 13, 2013 8:43 AM
Happens to me sometimes too. I was once told that if you drink too much of it at a time, for some people it will spill upward and cause reflux symptoms.

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