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Upper Stomach Pain

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  • Posted By: golfstix
  • May 29, 2007
  • 04:16 PM

I am a male 65 years old. For the past two weeks, I have been experiencing pain and tightness in the upper stomach and chest, just above the sternum. The pain also sometimes radiates to my upper back. I have ruled out most causes (heart disease etc.) as this mainly occurs almost immediately after eating and sometimes after drinking a small amount of liquid. I do not have any difficulty swallowing, no diarhea no loss of appetite or any other symptoms. I know what heartburn is and this is quite different although antacids like pepcid seem to help, but not that much. Belching, when possible, also relieves the pressure. The pain usually goes away quickly, but can also linger for several hours. The pain is not all that severe, but it is cause for concern. I will be seeing my doctor for my annual checkup soon but need some ideas as to what it may be before that.
Thanks for anything you can suggest.

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  • Do you drink alcohol? Beer did this to me. I thought I was having a heart attack! I had just really aggravated my esophagus. (It wasn't that much beer!).
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • No. I'm not much of a drinker, maybe 2 or 3 drinks per week, usually beer.My symptoms seem to be getting better of late, but had another attack last night after a fairly heavy supper. So I'm now starting to wonder if it could be gall bladder. Thanks!Matt
    golfstix 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I think you are right.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
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