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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Chest pain when swallowing, burping, have fibromyalgia. Worried

Hello Recently I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and along with that have been having some difficulty swallowing . When I go to swallow I have a severe pain in my chest , food getting trapped , having to burp ,not being able to breathe unless I burp which at times leads to me throwing up! It doesn t happen all the time but it is happening more and more. What do you feel is going on, I m very worried! Thank you so much for your time, it really means a lot to me
Fri, 22 Nov 2013
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Thanks for the query to H.C.M. Forum.
I would come up with these possibilities for this symptom of difficulty in swallowing , these includes.
1 The first possibility is of acute gastritis .Diagnosis can be confirmed by upper G I endoscopy. As I have noted in so many cases that tension and anxiety develops erosion of esophageal surface . This erosion causes difficulty ( feeling a sensation of difficulty in swallowing) in deglutition .
2 As there is fibromyalgis and drugs ( pain relievers ) for this develops gastritis and this may be the reason of difficulty in swallowing.
3 Tumor in esophagus , diagnosis can be confirmed by esophagoscope .
Try raising the head of your bed 4 inches with blocks . Avoid greasy , fried , spicy food .
Also take some antacid ( oxetacaine in them is the best) but if symptoms are sever you may need drugs like proton pump inhibitors.
In my opinion consult a physician and get his opinion.
Good luck. Dr. HET
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