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Burping, acidity, fatigue, trouble swallowing, sternum pain. Have panic attacks. Tips?

It all started about 2 years ago. For some reason i decided to climb the ladders and jump off on to the trompoline, but when i landed, i landed with my chest on my knees. Anyways, after that i had this weird sensation like i wanted to burp. At first it wasn t that bad, i thought it would go away, but what made it worse was when i was laying flat on my chest one day and decided to stretch . That s when i felt like i had split my sternum in half or something. It was this painful feeling like i was having a stroke or something. Eversince i could not lay on my chest again without feeling discomfort. I also began to have this popping/clicking sternum problem. Like i said, this happened about 2 years ago. I could still do most things such as run and work. But recently after i had a panic attack, my symptoms began to get worse. I developed GERD like problems. I have alot of acid, more constant burping, extreme fatigue , trouble swallowing , pain that starts in my sternum and spreads to my shoulders, neck, back, ribs, and sometimes arms. I also get full really fast when eating. Oh and my anxiety problems only make it all worse. Having a panic attack while having heart burn is no fun. I can t find anything online and my doctor wasn t much help. She only gave me some antiacid capsules which have only helped with the burping. I made an appointment with this gastrologist but i am still having doubts if thats the problem. I think it could be orthopedic related. I don t know. I would gladly appreciate some tips or help. I m only 17 yet i feel like 70. Its a battle everyday just to get out of bed.
Asked On : Thu, 7 Jun 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Dear freind, welcome to HCM.
sternal / chest trauma can cause bony pain, or may occasionally cause diaphragm (breathing muscle) to rupture and hernia to develop toward chest.
to differentiate it from here is difficult.
you were right in seeing a gastro enterologist,.
just ask about hiatal hernia, diaphragmatic hernia and plain GERD, ulcer etc.
then may be bony fracture etc. would be thought of.
I think I can offer this much now.
keep me posted on what happens.
take care and good luck.
Answered: Thu, 26 Jul 2012
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