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Chest Pressure

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  • Posted By: bentlight
  • February 24, 2007
  • 07:01 PM

For the past four months I have had pressure in my chest (localized in the middle) almost constantly during waking hours. The pressure varies in intensity-to the point where it is very uncomfortable. I also feel it in my throat occasionally. I am also burping more than usual. I did not experience any burning at first, but did for awhile after starting an exercise regimine (conincidence?). The burning in the past few weeks has subsided. I have tried Protonix and Prilosec, as far as medications, and all the other recommendations for someone with reflux. I am not overweight. The pressure has not responded to any medication. Tums did help the burning when it was a problem.

My past history: I have been diagnosised with a hiatal hernia, GERD, and IBS. I had H. Pylori over a year ago. At that time I was experiencing a dull discomfort under the sternum. They did a battery of tests: CT scan, EKG, HIDA scan (gall bladder function), and endoscopic procedure. Nothing was unusual except for a slight hiatal hernia. The doctor put me on Zelnorm (not sure why, didn't want to take it) which actually cleared it up. I had a bad side effect to the Zelnorm-shortness of breath-so stopped the medication after two weeks.

My history since this started: The symptoms came on abruptly with a cold. I had what appeared to be three colds back to back. The last one turned out to be strep. I was given Omnicef at that time.

I went to the doctor this week and she said I have a little bronchitis with a sinus infection that is working against the reflux. I have been on Levaquin and Omerprazole. The frequency of the symptoms seems to have decreased some, but is not gone. I don't know if this is a gastro or something else. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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  • For the past four months I have had pressure in my chest (localized in the middle) almost constantly during waking hours. The pressure varies in intensity-to the point where it is very uncomfortable. I also feel it in my throat occasionally. I am also burping more than usual. I did not experience any burning at first, but did for awhile after starting an exercise regimine (conincidence?). The burning in the past few weeks has subsided. I have tried Protonix and Prilosec, as far as medications, and all the other recommendations for someone with reflux. I am not overweight. The pressure has not responded to any medication. Tums did help the burning when it was a problem. My past history: I have been diagnosised with a hiatal hernia, GERD, and IBS. I had H. Pylori over a year ago. At that time I was experiencing a dull discomfort under the sternum. They did a battery of tests: CT scan, EKG, HIDA scan (gall bladder function), and endoscopic procedure. Nothing was unusual except for a slight hiatal hernia. The doctor put me on Zelnorm (not sure why, didn't want to take it) which actually cleared it up. I had a bad side effect to the Zelnorm-shortness of breath-so stopped the medication after two weeks. My history since this started: The symptoms came on abruptly with a cold. I had what appeared to be three colds back to back. The last one turned out to be strep. I was given Omnicef at that time. I went to the doctor this week and she said I have a little bronchitis with a sinus infection that is working against the reflux. I have been on Levaquin and Omerprazole. The frequency of the symptoms seems to have decreased some, but is not gone. I don't know if this is a gastro or something else. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.If burping seems to lessen the discomfort, even for just a minute or two, I would suspect GERD, although it could also be a stomach problem such as ulcer or gastritis. Those symptoms can be very stubborn and require a lot of patience, but the prilosec or protonix should improve things eventually. A popular herbal treatment is DGL licorice, taken before meals and at bedtime. Some people report positive results with various dietary changes. Caffeine and alcohol should be avoided until the symptoms clear up.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2007
    • 08:34 PM
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  • I started to have chest pains when I exercised, and if I didn't sit down right away I'd break out in a sweat. It was happening every other day. I could almost always tell when it was about to start. Fearing a heart attack, I got my Internist's opinion. He found no evidence of heart problem, suggested it might be reflux and that if it got worse we could medicate. The evidence below says he really nailed the diagnosis!I began to have water handy so I could take a swallow of cool water as soon as I felt it starting. The idea was to wash down the acidic stomach acid. This was completely and immediately successful. I have not had such an attack in about two years, and no longer need to have the water handy.Maybe it "just went away" but I think this was a rational treatment.Male age 66
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 03:38 AM
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  • Thanks for the comments. The burping doesn't seem to alleviate the pressure. I don't smoke or drink and have avoided caffeine, chocolate, fried foods and all the the other food triggers for reflux. I sleep with my head elevated and try to eat smaller meals. Sometimes I experience an uncomfortable fullness if I eat a normal size meal. The burning doesn't normally occur during exercise, but I will try to drink more water when it does occur instead of taking so many antacids. I go back to the doctor in a week; I'll post if there's anything interesting.:)
    bentlight 1 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 01:09 AM
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  • For the past four months I have had pressure in my chest (localized in the middle) almost constantly during waking hours. The pressure varies in intensity-to the point where it is very uncomfortable. I also feel it in my throat occasionally. I am also burping more than usual. I did not experience any burning at first, but did for awhile after starting an exercise regimine (conincidence?). The burning in the past few weeks has subsided. I have tried Protonix and Prilosec, as far as medications, and all the other recommendations for someone with reflux. I am not overweight. The pressure has not responded to any medication. Tums did help the burning when it was a problem. My past history: I have been diagnosised with a hiatal hernia, GERD, and IBS. I had H. Pylori over a year ago. At that time I was experiencing a dull discomfort under the sternum. They did a battery of tests: CT scan, EKG, HIDA scan (gall bladder function), and endoscopic procedure. Nothing was unusual except for a slight hiatal hernia. The doctor put me on Zelnorm (not sure why, didn't want to take it) which actually cleared it up. I had a bad side effect to the Zelnorm-shortness of breath-so stopped the medication after two weeks. My history since this started: The symptoms came on abruptly with a cold. I had what appeared to be three colds back to back. The last one turned out to be strep. I was given Omnicef at that time. I went to the doctor this week and she said I have a little bronchitis with a sinus infection that is working against the reflux. I have been on Levaquin and Omerprazole. The frequency of the symptoms seems to have decreased some, but is not gone. I don't know if this is a gastro or something else. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 4, 2010
    • 02:29 AM
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