What causes severe belching along with shortness of breath?

Posted on Tue, 3 Oct 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: I have a couple questions all based on the description below of my current state of health and the symptoms I'm seeing: General Health: I am a white male, a month shy of 48, 5'10.5" tall, and weigh around 275lbs. I am a software engineer and spend much of my day working on a computer, thus am mostly sedentary. I have struggled with weight my entire life and in three separate periods of my adult life I have achieved a normal weight and decent level of fitness. My most recent period of being fit was for about 2 years between 6 and 4 years ago when I weighed 175-180lbs, walked, some jogging, and weight lifted regularly. My personal life took a bad turn and I fell back to my old habits of eating as a form of comfort and because emotionally I was in a dark place where I really just didn't care. By the time I emerged from this state a few years ago, the damage was done. I've had brief stints of trying to become active again but when I do I see almost no result and it is physically exhausting to the point of being almost debilitating. Considering my age and the level of obesity I don't find that surprising, though it is completely frustrating and demotivating. Over the past 4-7 years, I've noticed a number of issues/oddities with my health. Some are minor and continuous and some only stay briefly before going away but then come back again later. Lately these issues have become more frequent, pronounced and chronic. Symptoms: Severe Acid Reflux - - Burning - Painful uncontrollable belching - Pressure in center chest - Discomfort (more of a cold-burning sensation) - Have attempted Cimetidine but only if I really can't stand it (approx 6-7 tablets over the last 2-3 months). Results vary. - Eating apples sometimes provides temporary relief. - Some diet changes have helped. - For a time, I'd awake in the morning and the back of my tongue and throat would feel burned, like I'd drunk something too hot. I started sleeping more propped up and that has helped some. Respiratory - - Occasional coughing for no reason, no apparent infection, congestion or other problem, just an urge to cough. - Sometimes coughing won't stop easily. - Occasional sensation of a constricted airway, shortness of breath. Misc. upper body issues - - At times, after eating, I develop a large buildup of phlegm which can cause me to retch, gag and choke. - Occasionally some foods feel like they become stuck in my throat, like there's some "ledge" between my epiglottis and esophagus and the food becomes lodged there. - The glands just under the jaw have become tender to touch and feel hard. - If I fall asleep sitting up, I often wake up choking on spit or phlegm. - Often feel stiff in the neck and shoulders, sometimes in the chest. (Could be due to the changed sleeping posture). Circulatory (?) - - Dark spots and splotches on my feet and ankles. They don't hurt or itch or anything, just there. - Hands and arms easily go numb. When holding a phone, driving, pushing a lawnmower, etc. - Right thigh is almost constantly numb and sometimes has a burning sensation. I've been awoken at night with my thigh in extreme burning pain, like it feels when a limb has fallen asleep and stayed that way for far too long. When it is numb it often becomes over sensitive to touch. Recently, near the knee there is slight swelling, like fluid accumulation. Sometimes the thigh just itches incessantly. Other issues - - Problems with urinating, getting started, and especially getting the flow to stop. - Problems defecating. I'll feel the need but nothing happens or I just need to pass considerable gas. I've also started going more frequently with less to show for it. - I have on rare occasions noticed blood when wiping. However, the blood is very bright red so it seems more likely from hemorrhoids. - To that point, I am fairly sure I have hemorrhoids but they never bother me with itching, burning or discomfort, so I just ignore them. - I tire easily and seem to have trouble regaining energy after increased activity. - I have trouble sleeping at times. I'll wake up with a start for no apparent reason, or at times, I have the sensation that I haven't been breathing. - Recently it seems that wounds (scrapes, cuts, bruises, etc.) seem to take longer to heal than they used to. Note - - As some of my ancestors had trouble with late onset diabetes, I purchased a ReliOn glucose test. I performed the test three times over the course of a week and the results were always normal. After more research, I began to see other possible explanations for the symptoms I am seeing, so I discontinued the tests. So now to my Questions: 1) I have no regular doctor and aside from 3-4 visits for one-off items or some stitches or something, I haven't seen a doctor for a physical or general care in over 30 years. So my first question is, given the description of things above, who would be the best to go see: General, Family, Internal, Gastroenterologist, Endocrinologist, Cardiologist, Oncologist, Urologist, other? 2) Given these symptoms, I get the feeling that I'm facing multiple different issues and not necessarily related ones. I've done a lot of reading online and have an idea what some of these could indicate as a root cause. But I would like to hear the opinions of professionals. What types of issues could these be pointing to? 3) Assuming these are not all symptoms of a single root cause, which possible conditions are more critical to have investigated first? 4) What level of urgency should I be applying to this? Can I afford to take the time to find the right type of doctor and then wait for an appointment to open up, only to then have to decide if I like that doctor and possibly choose another and start over? Or should I get myself into an urgent care facility today?
Answered by Dr. Geeta Sundar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
go to the nearest diagnostic centre and have a complete body check up

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX welcome to health care magic,

I will suggest you go to the nearest diagnostic centre and have a complete body check up from their package.
Next go on a green/buttermilk/sprouts/fruit diet.
I want you to brisk walk 7- 10 kilometers a day (after the reports come in)
If any of your symptoms remain unexplained in the tests--we will deal with them.
Also go to a surgeon and get a Proctoscopy done. He can also examine you for prostate and your lymph glands.
Please revert back to me.

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