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Is there a chemical in Pepsi which enhances stress-related pain?

I used to have chest pains on Saturday mornings. These pains were especially bad after stressful weeks, after drinking coffee or eating rye bread and during wet-moist weather. I discovered that training my repsiration to stronger exhalation could help to relieve these pains. The same pain, however, could come as an acute shock after drinking alcohol in Pepsi (not in Coke). Is there a chemical in Pepsi (pepsin?) which enhances angina or stress-related pain?
Wed, 19 Nov 2014
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Thankyou very much for your Quiry
Brief..This pain can be because of acidity
Detail..Pepsin is not the chemical in pepsi,,it is enzyme to digest in stomach.The cause of your pain can be because of acidity.
Acidity can be because of stress,anxiety,consumption of spicy and fried things ,unhealthy life style and having beverages with caffeine.As pepsi contains caffeine,as per research.
To rule out angina get ECG done,as Angina and pain of acidity can be felt on same side..(epigastric pain).To rule out acidity get 24 HR PH test done. and stop having things which trigger acidity.If pain bothers you much ,get checked by doctor..
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Dr.Maheshwari
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