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Severe pain in the esophagus and stomach after drinking fast. Nausea. What is the reason?

Today I opened a can of cold Mountain Dew and took my first gulp too fast. Immediately, i had severe pain in my esophagus and stomach and nearly passed out. Subsequently, I became weak and nauseous, but this passed within a period of about five minutes. This wasn t the first incident either; however, it rarely happens.
Asked On : Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Hi thanks for your question.
All cold drinks are carbonated which means they contain carbon dioxide (co2) which released in the stomach.In the stomach co2 distends the stomach The distended stomach along with co2causes reflux of gastic content into stomach if lower esophageal sphinter is loose.Co2 also causes gastritis.Gastritis with reflux esophagitis causes pain in stomach and esophagus.Pain immediately after taking cold drinks could be due to sudden distension of stomach due to co2 and reflux of gastric content into esophagus .To avoid this problem in feature always take cold drink slowly.
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Answered: Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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