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Suffering from left side chest pain with burning sensation. What could be the cause?

Hello. I m a 36 to male. For the past 5 months 3-4 times a week I have left sided cheat pain. It is a burning sensation. Not that heavy feeling people describe when having a heart attack . It also doesn t radiate anywhere. What could be the cause? I am a fireman and to stubborn to see a doc. Also if this is related?? When I sleep with my left arm under my head it usually falls asleep and wakes me Up... Let me know your thoughts... Mark
Asked On : Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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Hi Mark,
Thanks for writing yyour query.

Afer reading your post, it seems that your chest pain is related to increased acid and gas produuction in your stomach.

You can take antacid like Omeprazole 20 mg once a day before breakfast along with Domperidone 10 mg.

Also follow some precautions like :-
1. Avoid spicy/oily foods.
2. Donot miss a meal.
3. Avoid cigarette/alcohol, if any.
4. Avoid emotional/mental stress.
5. Donot self medicate especially with pain killers and steroids.
6. Drink atleast 8-10 glasses of water daily.

If the problem persists, get yourself examined and investigated clinically.

When you sleep with your left arm under your head, it results in temporary obstruction of the blood flow and nerve compression, resulting in arm sleeping. It is a normal phenomenon and should not be worried about.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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