hey, bears.... my midwife told me NOT to take tums, because by wiping out the acid, your stomach goes into overdrive to make even more acid to replace it... the long-term effect is that you will have even more problems with heartburn!
it sounds like a vicious circle, though... how do you break out of it? well, you probably know the drill... frequent, small meals, nongreasy, nonspicy, sleep on an incline, don't drink right after eating, don't lie down right after eating...
if i'm having problems just before bed, i do take a small swig of milk just to calm things down. if i can get to sleep before they start up again, i'm golden! i also try hard not to sleep on my right side... for some reason, it's worse when i do that.
something that's been helping, oddly, is fresh oranges. yes, i'm still eating one or two a day! and i find that if i can get one down when i'm starting to feel heartburny, it sometimes wipes it out. the midwife said it could be something about the two acids interacting... i dunno. i just works for me sometimes, and i'm passing it on to you!
i'll also do the little drink of milk thing when i'm feeling so funky that i can't even think about eating. if i get that down, then in a few minutes i can deal with a piece of toast, and then i can maybe manage a little salad, and by then maybe a piece of turkey breast will be OK. it's a battle every day and i cannot WAIT until i can enjoy food again!
you aren't alone, dear bears... hang in there. we'll all be cured in a couple of months!