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Burning pain between shoulder blades, sensation of food stuck in gullet, rasp from chest on sleeping, odd palpitation. Reason?

I have been reading comments on this site regarding burning pain in between or just below and to the left of the shoulder blades, I experience this from time to time along with a sensation of food being stuck in my gullet, If i over eat and bend over for any reason i regurgitate and i generally feel as though i have bad indigestion. It comes in bouts and when its bad i try not eat after 6pm. I do have a drink of pepermint tea which i feel helps sometimes. I almost always feel irritable when this is happening. I am female, 56 and have to admit to being a stress head some of the time so wonder if it could be stress induced. I also like a drink of whisky and coke and used to do this every evening drinking more than recommended but abstain on most evenings now. i have also noticed that when i settle down to sleep and its quiet i can hear a faint rasp from my chest . I have asthma which i keep well controlled so dont know if its to do with that or the indigestion. When i go to sleep with the indigestion sensation felling bad I always wake several times during the night with a feeling of being unable to get air into my diaphragm but eventually go back to sleep. The only other symptom i experience from time to time is an odd palpitation
Asked On : Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

On the basis of the history given by you, it is evident that you are suffering from disease process of the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system.
Burning pain between shoulder blades, regurgitation, sensation of food sticking in the gullet suggests indigestion, gastritis,and probably obstruction in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
The cause of these symptoms needs to be found out.
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, pH monitoring are the first line investigations that need to be done to find out the cause for the symptoms.
If any growth or abnormality is identified in the gastrointestinal tract, a biopsy from that area needs to be taken for histopathological study.
You need to consult a gastroenterologist.

Dyspnea (difficult breathing) at night and palpitations are suggestive of cardiovascular problem.
You need to consult a cardiologist for clinical examination of cardiovascular system and relevant investigations.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Thu, 11 Jul 2013
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