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Obesity, acid reflux, back and throat pain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi, i'm a 44 year old male, overweight...I'm 6 foot and 275 lbs. Back several years ago when I weighed this much, I had some back problems and got shortwinded easily. Now I'm experiencing the same but with added symptoms I want to tell you about. The last couple of weeks I've had a lot of acid reflux....feeling like something's always stuck in my throat...Sometimes if I take deep breaths, I feel a pain in my back...Sometimes if I swallow just right I feel this shooting pain like right at the collar area, but feels like its in my throat....but sometimes it's almost like I feel it all the way through to my back. And every now and then, for no reason right at that area...like at the throat slightly to the left, at collar level I feel a shooting pain for half a second....Also My back hurts a lot now and sometimes my lower arms and hands do too....especially noticeable when I type (I type for a living and have at times wodered if I'm experiencing carpal tunnel, so I don't know if that's related or not...but does seem to come and go with back pains). I feel a warmness a lot in my chest esp. after eating. Oh yeah, I don't know if this has anything to do with anything, but I've had a hernia protruding from my navel for many years.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help yu
Doctor :   I have to close the twindow as yoiu are not responding please get back to us for toher queries
Doctor :   are yu back
User :   yes
User :   Hi, i'm a 44 year old male, overweight...I'm 6 foot and 275 lbs. Back several years ago when I weighed this much, I had some back problems and got shortwinded easily. Now I'm experiencing the same but with added symptoms I want to tell you about. The last couple of weeks I've had a lot of acid reflux....feeling like something's always stuck in my throat...Sometimes if I take deep breaths, I feel a pain in my back...Sometimes if I swallow just right I feel this shooting pain like right at the collar area, but feels like its in my throat....but sometimes it's almost like I feel it all the way through to my back. And every now and then, for no reason right at that area...like at the throat slightly to the left, at collar level I feel a shooting pain for half a second....Also My back hurts a lot now and sometimes my lower arms and hands do too....especially noticeable when I type (I type for a living and have at times wodered if I'm experiencing carpal tunnel, so I don't know if that's related or not...but does seem to come and go with back pains). I feel a warmness a lot in my chest esp. after eating. Oh yeah, I don't know if this has anything to do with anything, but I've had a hernia protruding from my navel for many years.
Doctor :   lemme read it first
User :   let me also say it doesn't normally hurt to swallow
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details of the patient-Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
User :   44, male, xxxxxx, wxxxxxx xxxxxx, single, 275 lbs and 6 foot
User :   no dependents
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   I have read the entire histor
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   ??
User :   yes?
User :   I was waiting for you
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Now put your questions one by one
Doctor :   to be specific
User :   ok
User :   My question is what do you suspect is causing the symptoms
User :   esp. the frequent reflux, back pain, etc.
User :   constantly clearing my throat of just an annoying amount of phlegm...not enough to cough up
Doctor :   The most imp and the frequent cause in you is Obesity
Doctor :   you have Obesity and not over wt
User :   yes.
User :   And I am working on that now....have started daily exercise, changing eating habits
User :   I just read all these scary things online like Esophagael cancer and stuff and it scares me.
User :   in fact I read every scary disease online and then wonder if I have it...lol
Doctor :   You should be worried, i can guess that
Doctor :   then why cant you get an endoscopy done onec
Doctor :   to rule out
Doctor :   reflux oesophagus can cause some changes in the oesophageus and lead to barret's and then may transf0rm into the Ca of Oeso
User :   Oh God, please don't tell me you think I have cancer
Doctor :   no i dont mean to say that
Doctor :   there is a chance and a risk
User :   i have no money and no medical insurance
Doctor :   so get it ruled out
Doctor :   I can only suggest you for lifestyle modification
User :   ok thanks
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