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Chest pain and indigestion. Took gaviscon. Why is it spreading? What will work?

Hi, last night I started getting a pain in my chest which I thought was an indigestion. I took some gaviscon and it didn t shift it. As the evening went on the pain got worse and started moving down and into my stomach and my lower stomach. I kept going really hot and cold and the pain will not go away. I woke up this morning and the pain is still there but not as bad. It feels like I have a stitch all over my stomach and hurts when I walk around. I have taken painkillers and liver salt type things and nothing has worked.
Asked On : Fri, 10 Aug 2012
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello, jackiehands90,
Your heartburn symptoms suggest that you are sensitive to acid in
your stomach. The different types of food and drinks we take have
a direct effect on acid production. Tomato based products, too much
milk (Contains calcium which stimulates acid), caffeine in coffee or tea,
alcoholic beverages , all add to the problem. Smoking will make the
reflux worse because of it's effect on the sphincter at the junction of
espphagus and stomach.
If you are not getting relief from taking anti acids such as gaviscon or
Maalox, try taking 15 mg. of Lansoprazole or 20 mg. of Omeprazole
about an hour before your main meal of the day. If needed you can take
it twice a day. If symptoms persist after 4 weeks, I advice you to see a
digestive disease specialist for further work up.
Wish you good health.
Answered: Fri, 17 Aug 2012
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