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Suggestion of endoscopy for Gastritis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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I have been dealing with gastric issues for years that sometimes cause distress that feels like cardiac problems.
Over thwe past month I started having pain that has radiated up my back, has caused numbness, tingling and circulation issues in my extremities and is now causing pain in my neck, a mild sore throat and the feeling of "congestion" or mild flu symptoms! I do not have health insurance and have been putting off seeking treatment but I'm now a bit scared!!
Doctor :   please give me a minute to read your post
User :   k
Doctor :   Can i ask you some details to help you well ?
User :   Go ahead!
Doctor :   IS it pain in the neck or pain durinmg swallowing?
User :   In the neck, Started on left side but now across both sides ocross collar bone and in shoulder joints
Doctor :   Any specific time the pain appears any relation to food intake?
User :   It seems to get worse when my stomach is empty, when I eat it goes away for a while but comes back within 30-45 minutes
Doctor :   ok, the descriptiomn you give about the pain gives me idea of gastritic pain only
Doctor :   Do yiou have high BP or high cholesterol?
User :   really no gastric pain, BP is 131/72, heart rate is 78, I'm 54 years old
Doctor :   the gastritic pain often mimics angina
User :   That it has!
Doctor :   its better to get it cleared by getting an ECG
User :   Been to ER 3 times in 10 years and every time it has been dehydration and gastric issues
Doctor :   the same i say, once a patient of gastritis is always a patint of gastritis
User :   I'm looking for the connection with the flu like symptoms and neck/shoulder pain??
Doctor :   no, i do not relate to the flu,
Doctor :   may be the pain would have got aggrevated due to stress caused by flu
User :   associated with gastritis
Doctor :   yes,
User :   So how do I cure the issue??
Doctor :   flu should be treated symptomatically
User :   Neck pain from gastritis
Doctor :   the gastritic pain shopuld be studied by an endoscopy
Doctor :   and necessary measures based on the endo
Doctor :   scopy results
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