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What causes chest pain while breathing in a GERD patient?

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Posted on Mon, 25 Jul 2016
Question: I ama 40 year old female. I am having chest pain, have been having them for a while., i have to take deep breaths to catch my breath. I have GERD, but nothing is helping it...so i'm a little concerned that it may not be my GERD.
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Answered by Dr. Meriton Siqeca (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Might be oesophageal spasm

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to HCM. I understand your concern.

You know, gas content situated in the sprite drink may be aggravating your situation, so, as a first recommendation, I would you suggest you to quit it.
Even though you may have gastro-oesophageal reflux disorder, there are a few other diagnoses that may be suspected for this symptom. First, this does not look like angina (pain coming from coronary arteries, since this kind of pain is very rare in a 40 year old lady, and it is not affected by the respiratory cycle.
The suspects that remain are oesophageal spasm, which may produce this kind of pain, especially in the terrain of GERD, where the acid reflux to the oesophagus, makes ots mucosa inflamed.
Rare, but not impossible, this may be some entity which is affecting your airway, lungs or the linings that surround them (pleura). I recommend you to carry out a plain chest X-ray, more to exclude these entities.

I hope I was helpful. I am happy to help, if you have follow-up questions.

Best regards,
Dr. Meriton
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What causes chest pain while breathing in a GERD patient?

Brief Answer: Might be oesophageal spasm Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome to HCM. I understand your concern. You know, gas content situated in the sprite drink may be aggravating your situation, so, as a first recommendation, I would you suggest you to quit it. Even though you may have gastro-oesophageal reflux disorder, there are a few other diagnoses that may be suspected for this symptom. First, this does not look like angina (pain coming from coronary arteries, since this kind of pain is very rare in a 40 year old lady, and it is not affected by the respiratory cycle. The suspects that remain are oesophageal spasm, which may produce this kind of pain, especially in the terrain of GERD, where the acid reflux to the oesophagus, makes ots mucosa inflamed. Rare, but not impossible, this may be some entity which is affecting your airway, lungs or the linings that surround them (pleura). I recommend you to carry out a plain chest X-ray, more to exclude these entities. I hope I was helpful. I am happy to help, if you have follow-up questions. Best regards, Dr. Meriton