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What causes Chest pain and Bloated stomach?

I have been getting a very bad chest pain since last night after eating, my stomach feels bloated and my chest is very sore, it is sore to touch and was very hard to sleep last night(could only sleep on my back as turning on my side was very sore to my chest) it is very uncomfortable and feels quite hard to take a deep breath in. I am only 25, i have an ulcer and do suffer from stress alot but this doesn t feel like my ulcer, it is almost like someone is sitting on my chest? could you help me as i am worried.Thanks so much. Debbie
Wed, 13 Aug 2014
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

There are different possible causes of chest pain, it can be related to any structure in the chest from the skin inwards.

Based on your description and your age, it is not likely heart disease.

It is possible , since you chest feels sore or tender to the touch that you may have costochondritis. This is inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs and sternum.
It can sometimes be associated with severe pain.

It is treated with anti inflammatory pain killers which may be difficult to use for you since you have an ulcer.

It would be best to see your doctor for an assessment and treatment.

I hope this helps
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General & Family Physician Dr. Polash Sannigrahi's  Response
Dear Debbie,

Given the history that you have an ulcer and you do suffer from stress, the symptoms in your post can be attributed to accumulation of gas in secondary to excess acid secretion in stomach.
However, an ECG should be done to rule out any Cardiovascular cause for the same.

Symptomatic relief can be obtained with intake of Pantoprazole preparation (to be taken twice a day before meals) & antacid gel (to be taken after meals).
They prevent formation of excess acid in the stomach & provide symptomatic relief.

And it is also needed that you take certain precautions regarding your diet & lifestyle, such as:
1. Take soft, plain, non-spicy foods.
2. Drink lots of water to maintain adequate hydration.
3. Avoid fast foods, carbonated drinks & gas producing food products like cabbage, etc.
4. Avoid smoking & alcohol.
5. Keep away stress, think positive.

If symptoms still persist, kindly consult a Gastroenterologist for proper clinical examination.

There is no need to worry, you will be fine.
Wishing a good health.
Take care.
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