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Pain in the centre of chest below breasts on eating or drinking, occurs after swallowing. Cause of concern?

Hi, for the last two days I have been getting a pain in the centre of my chest below my breasts when I eat or drink. The pain occurs a few seconds after I have swollowed and only lasts for a few seconds until I eat/drink again. It feels as though the food/drink is sitting there for a bit before clearing. Will this pass or should I have cause for concern to take it to the Doctors? Thank-you
Asked On : Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Pain in chest below the sternum could be because of several causes. The symptoms you are giving are suggestive of reflux disorder. Here the acid in the stomach gets into the esophagus damaging the mucosa there and resulting in symptoms that you are giving.

Try reducing your weight if you are over weight.
Do not lie down after a meal
try to reduce stress.

If the symptoms persist your doctor will prescribe antacids and prokinetics to reduce the problem.

Hope this helps
take care.
Answered: Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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