Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

184 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Sudden sharp pain in chest after taking gulp of aerated drinks. Should I be concerned?

Answered by
Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol

Cardiologist, Interventional

Practicing since :1998

Answered : 424 Questions

Posted on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: Hi,
Today, while drinking some pepsi, I took a huge gulp down. I had a sharp pain in the chest and then when I woke up, I was told that I had passed out for about a minute. This also happened once before about 10 years ago and I remember that even in that occasion it happened after I had taken a large gulp of an aerated drink. Is this a cause for concern? I feel fine now and there doesn't seem to be any after effects. Thanks in advance.
Answered by Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol 1 hour later
Hi dear,

At outset, I would advise you to completely stop taking gulp of aerated drinks, and for that matter any other drink. When drinks sort of tend to enter airway, it causes spasm of it suddenly. That can make you pass out briefly. 1 minute is likely to be an over estimation. If you have no other symptoms, and both events have occurred under same circumstances, no concern or cause to worry.

Hope I have cleared your doubts.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Mohammed Kappan
Follow up: Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol 3 hours later
Thank you for your prompt reply...
Can you please tell me what actually happened? Is it common? Browsing through the internet I cam across this condition called "vasovagal syncopy". Is this the same as what happened to me? And my friend told me that my hand kind of froze and raised up although it did not look as severe as a fit.. Is this of any significance?..
Answered by Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol 12 hours later
Let me try and explain.

It's something similar to sneezing. When you gulp some gaseous liquid, some of it is likely to have entered your airway and spill it out willingly in a reflex manner. Similarly coughing or sneezing which temporarily raises intra thoracic pressure so much that there is a transient lack of blood supply to the brain and causes a state of brief loss of consciousness.

It is no significance. Unless when something like fish bone or chicken piece get stuck there, there is no imminent danger.

Hope this clarifies.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Shanthi.E

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Sneezing

doctor1 MD

I have been fighting what feels like allergies since Christmas. I can keep it at bay with allergy medicine, but even that doesn t help some days. The pressure in my ears is pretty bad at times too. When I blow my nose I get the metallic taste/sensation. It usually starts with sneezing (a lot) and the roof of my mouth feels tender, then drainage (clear), ear pressure and headache.

doctor1 MD

My grandson has a fever of 101.5, very irritable, runny nose, sneezing, coughing to the point of throwing up. He has had a fever on and off for 2 days now. His ears are red, according to the doctor, He is on amoxicillon but is crying without stopping. Doesn t want to eat. What to do??

doctor1 MD

my 16 yr old daughter recently started to complain about something popping out from underneath her right rib area. she says it hurts and happens when she coughs, sneezes or laughs, but today she says that the pain has been more constant. should i take her to the ER?

doctor1 MD

I am nearly 29 weeks pregnant. After a few weeks of really bad heartburn, i seem to be able to eat most things. However, the past few days it's like my throat closes up after eating and it's like the food doesn't go down (regardless of the type of food) and i feel like i'm about to sneeze, but it won't come out. Yesterday, i threw up, but it wasn't uncomfortable and i didn't have any signs of an upset stomach. Is this the baby kicking in the wrong place? or could it be something else?

doctor1 MD

I sneeze three time last night on the third sneeze a felt a pop on my lower left side. It hurts when I sneeze and cough , but not when I go to the bathroom. It hurts off and on though out of the day.

doctor1 MD

My son's age is 2.5 yrs.He got cold(running nose and sneezing).I have to give him T-Minic or cetrizine syrup

doctor1 MD

Hi, I have Sinusitis problem from 4 years onwards..starting i continued tblts for 6 mnths to cure, i have taken endoscopeic treatment also but not cured for allopathy tablets, after that i consulted homeopathy doctor..I continued homeopathy...