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Constant pain at base of esophagus, antacids, suspected peptic ulcers,frequent back pain, chest pain, numbness in arms and legs, burping. Hernia?

I have been suffering with a constant nagging pain (sore) at the base of my esophagus / bottom of the rib cage for 5 months. Three months worth of antacids have not solved suspected peptic ulcers . I wonder if it might be a hernia . I am getting frequent back pain, shoulder pain, chest pain and (at night) numbness in my arms and legs. I am also burping a lot. The sore, nagging ache is with me all the time and when I eat large pieces of food it hurts as it passes the sore point - get a burning feeling. What might you think it is?? Caroline Keen (aged 38)
Asked On : Sat, 26 May 2012
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Hello Caroline, welcome to HCM.

I understand its a very complicated situation. When eating 3 times a day is our regular pattern, any problems with that can be really frustrating. Since you have been suspecting peptic ulcer i am sure you might have tried modification of your diet. With regards to diet, avoid any spicy/fatty/heavy foods. There should not be any strain on the digestive system. Consume steamed/boiled foods. Also do not consume too fibrous foods as they might irritate the bowel system. Drink a lot of water throughout the day. Do not give too much gap between meals. Try to have something every 3 hours. Also, consult a doc for the body pains.

Good luck!!!
Answered: Sat, 26 May 2012
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