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Pain in central chest and burning - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi... last 18 months I have been experiencing occasional pain right under the center chest bone below the heart... there is piece of bone, it kind of ends... I did x rays...did not show anything, I gain weight ...but I started to work out now and it hurts me more and more... I took the stomach acid bills but those don't help.... That bone has gotten bigger..feels like pump... I went to doctor first I remember he said it was muscle since I plaid table tennis few days before... It is not muscle. What could it be?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
ok
User :   Hi
Doctor :  
please give me some time to read what you have typed
User :   yes
Doctor :  
what are the other symptoms that you have?
User :   I kind of think that it could be something with a food pipe since I feel that burning feeling rising higher. When I work out and bend it's almost like that bone presses on the food pipe and that causes more pain.....but it hurts numbly right now as I type
Doctor :   please provide your age, gender, location, occupation, height and current weight.
User :   age 41, male , sales consultant, right now about 270lbs 6'1"
Doctor :   do you feel burning sensation in chest?
User :   As you see badly overweight ...I have been working out and lost 17lbs since Jan 1... but prior to that I gained weight and people who have cancer do not gain weight normally
Doctor :  
do you have excessive burping/belching/flatulence?
User :   right now yes it is kind of numb pain
Doctor :   do you have cancer?
User :   no not really
Doctor :  
what cancer is it? has it been diagnosed?
User :   Hell I hope not!
User :   What I was saying is that I hope it is not a case
Doctor :  
i asked you about cancer as you told be this "but prior to that I gained weight and people who have cancer do not gain weight normally "
User :   did X ray in September.... nothing
User :   Ahh now.. losing the wight is result of healthy food and active training...
Doctor :  
i need to ask few more question to find out what may be the cause..please answer them.. Can i proceed?
User :   Just yesterday I burried my friend and classmate with liver cancer he was 41
User :   yes
Doctor :  
do you feel discomfort in upper stomach after eating?
Doctor :   ok
User :   Not really
Doctor :  
does the symptom of pain increases when you do not take food on time?
User :   I have not noticed that this numb pain is related to eating in any way
Doctor :  
does the symptom of pain increases when you have fatty meal/oily meal?
User :   Yes that could be right!
User :   I feel that pain when I lay in bed in the morning...then it goes away
Doctor :   ok
User :   Comes back when I work out
Doctor :  
so what time of the day is it maximum?
User :   It is like a piss call it is there and then it is not but I do remember it in the morning...
Doctor :  
ok
User :   It varies
Doctor :  
does it tend to ease away after you take food or fluid?
User :   Hm... that could be yes....
Doctor :   what are the things that you have identified that tends to increase the pain?
User :   That is if I eat soup or oatmeal
User :   workout
User :   physical activity when I pump my stomach and kind of bend forward
Doctor :   ok
User :   I still have belly of a 6 months pregnant woman ...sorry to say
Doctor :  
its ok
Doctor :  
we will try to find what the cause of pain is
User :   It is getting smaller...but that pain is real discomfort and it progresses over the time
Doctor :  
and also help you to reduce your tummy
Doctor :  
what are the things that you have identified that tends to decrease the pain?
User :   Doc that is the question I don't even know answer for.. there seems to be no rhyme or reason to that...but maybe when I eat soup of something soft like oatmeal...
User :   I have that image that there is wound in my food pipe and that bone presses on it and hurts
Doctor :  
ok
User :   I don't know what else is there... I'm kind of paranoid after my friends death
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
what we can now do to either confirm those wounds or rule them out is a endoscopy
User :   Yes I was planning to go to doctor ..I need to buy insurance... my employer does not offer that
Doctor :  
which will directly show if wounds are present in food pipe
User :   ok
User :   under that bone on that spot- what else there can be causing pain?
Doctor :  
most probable cause id reflux esophagitis that is caused thw wound
Doctor :  
and with movements like bending acid reflux becomes more causing pain ti increase
User :   And wound is inside the pipe?
User :   That wound can be caused by eating dry food...
User :   I'm gonna lose 100 pounds during 2010... but I need to work out and that thing prevents me from doing simple exercises
Doctor :  
no. not really.dry fruits wil not cause th wound
User :   without feeling that pain
User :   I meant dry food like potato chips and such
Doctor :   no
Doctor :  
they will increase the reflux by producing more acid and gas
Doctor :  
leading to increase in pain
Doctor :  
not by directly causing the wound
User :   ok... is there a medicine?
Doctor :  
you need to first do a endoscopy
Doctor :  
and see how much is the problem
User :   I'm taking some pills called Zantac 150...but I don't see benefit
Doctor :  
ok
User :   Says maximum strenght acid reducer
Doctor :  
you can combine with taking it with antacid
Doctor :  
like Digene syrup
User :   antacid... that is another pill with no prescription?
Doctor :  
it is better that you consult your doctor to prescribe you higher acid suppressors if this one is not acting
User :   oki-doki
Doctor :  
there are other acid suppressors which are superior to Zactac
User :   at least it is not cancer
Doctor :  
but they will need prescription to buy
User :   ok
Doctor :   have you followed what i have said?
User :   Yes I have
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   Nope . Thank you doc :)
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