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Burning feeling in the chest after drinking soda. Pain while breathing. Have GERD<br>

I took a drink of diet soda this morning and got kind of a burning feeling in my chest (intense chest pain ). Since then, I have had pain in my chest all day, especially when I take a really deep breath. I know that drinking a soda can cause pain (too fast down the throat , I ve felt that before) but this felt different and the pain has been lasting (though it is not nearly as sharp as the initial incident). Medical background: 28 years old, female, acid reflux ( GERD ) for 3+ years on medication (omeprizole) for 1 year; I also take cymbalta.
Asked On : Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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Jun 2015
Hello dear...
Gastro esophageal reflux disease(GERD), is caused by the reflux of acid from stomach to esophagus due to relaxation of the sphincter at the lower part of esophagus.

Management consists of:
1. Lifestyle modification- like weight reduction, sleeping on the left side, or with upper body raised.
2. Dietary modification- avoid consuming irritating substances such as carbonated drinks/soda, acidic & rich foods, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
3. Medical management- Proton pump inhibitors like Omeprazole, Pantoprazole,etc. (which prevent acid formation in stomach)
Metoclopramide can also be used but it has some side effects on long term usage
4. Surgical treatment- includes Fundoplication,(done when medical measures fail)
If symptoms still persist, it will be better to consult a Gastroenterologist.
Wish you a good health & speedy recovery.
Thanks & Take care.
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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