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Suggest treatment for electric shocks in the chest area

My 49 year old son has been having electro shocks from his chest into one point in the back of his arm , he says it sometimes happens when he swallows . He takes Omeprazole for reflux which seems to control it , do you know what could cause this please
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be attributed to acid reflux. It is caused due to the relaxation of the sphincter at the lower part of the esophagus.

Medical management consists of intake of Proton pump inhibitors like Omeprazole (which prevent acid formation in the stomach)+ Domperidone preparations (strengthens the sphincter & prevents reflux.)

In addition, he needs to follow certain dietary & lifestyle measures, such as:
1. Dietary modification- avoid consuming irritating substances such as acidic & rich foods, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
2. Lifestyle modification- like weight reduction (if overweight), sleeping on the left side, or with upper body raised.

If symptoms still persist, it will be better to consult his Doctor/ Gastroenterologist.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Polash Sannigrahi, General & Family Physician
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