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Chest Pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 21, 2008
  • 04:35 AM

20 year old male
125 lbs no previous health problems.

I've been getting 3 symptoms, usually each symptom happens on its own (not accompanied by other symptoms) I suspect some form of problem with my esophagus.

1. I sometimes (but more frequently) have been having upper chest pain. The pain is gradual, and slowly intensifies, before fading and becoming more intense on and off for random periods of time. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, other times it lasts hours.. it most often does not last longer than an hour. Changing my position does not help, although clutching my chest seems to offer minor relief (placebo?) I seem to often get this pain when I am at rest. sleeping or sitting down, if I'm asleep it will awaken me from a deep sleep.

2.After eating any meal, I have to cough and it sounds like a heavy fluid clearing cough like bronchitis. Once I cough once or twice I'm fine. I feel no pain or discomfort.

3.Sometimes after eating a meal, I get some clear extremely stringy / gooey substance (phlegm?) that seems to work its way up my throat into my mouth, I feel compelled to constantly spit. This is often accompanied by an unusual constant pain... the location of the pain is hard to describe, lower throat area. Chicken seems to cause this.. although other foods can as well (certain beans)

Also, possibly unrelated, is I find I have to very throughly chew my food otherwise it seems to go down and get "stuck". It doesn't cause me to suffocate, but my eyes will well up with tears and I'll hiccup until the blockage clears.

Any thoughts?
I won't have medical coverage for 1 month but am starting to get concerned because of the increased frequency of chest pain.

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