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What causes intermittent bubbling effect in lower chest below rib cage?

Apr 2013
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Recently a bubbling effect lower chest below rib cage it comes and goes...feels like bubbles for a few seconds...then stops....not sure if it is heart related or digestive specific time when it happens
Posted Thu, 26 Dec 2013 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein 32 minutes later
Brief Answer: Hi and welcome to XXXXXXX Detailed Answer: Thanks for the query. This is more likely to be manifestation of stomach disease. Lung inflammation is manifested with cough,fever chest pain and rarely there is bubling effect felt. So if you dont have these lung symptoms then you should rule out gastritis, GERD or hiatus hernia. Symptoms that are experienced in such conditions are pain and tightness in upper stomach, bloating, breathing difficulties, heartburn, feeling of lump and sore in throat, gurgling sound in throat, fatigue and loss of appetite. Symptoms are aggravated after meal, long sitting, leaning forward, stress and anxiety. In the beginning this is treated by changing dietary habits. You should avoid alcohol, coffee, smoking, fats and fast food, carbonated drinks and eat more milk and milk products, fruit and vegetables, boiled food and natural beverages and teas. 1 hour after meal you should not sit or lay. Also lay with elevated upper body. If you are overweight you should do often exercise. Secondly, there are antiacid medicines which are usually helpful, so you should consult your GP about this. If symptoms persist,you should do gastroscopy and stomach biopsy to verify is there helicobacter pylori infection which can be treated then. Wish you good health. Feel free to ask. Regards
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