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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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What is the treatment for chest discomfort?

Ive been feeling a lot of pressure and heaviness on my lower chest for two weeks now . Along with random sharp pains that get worse when I breathe in . Its difficult to breath and its really uncomfortable . My heart is also pounding and I keep feeling like there is air stuck in my chest and I try burping . My chest also burns at random . I cant do any acivities anymore because I run out of breath fast and its difficult to sleep also . I want to know what I may have

Age : 16
Height : 5'3
Weight 96
Tue, 23 Jun 2015
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your concern.
By your history and description, possibility of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is more due to your weight.
Obesity is known risk factor for GERD.
It is due to laxity of gastroesophageal sphincter. Because of this the acid of the stomach tends to come up in the esophagus and cause the symptoms of burping, gaseous feeling in stomach, chest tightness, heaviness, burning central chest pain etc.
So better to follow these lifestyle modifications for symptomatic relief in GERD.
1. Avoid stress and tension.
2. Avoid hot and spicy food.
3. Avoid large meals, instead take frequent small meals.
4. Start proton pump inhibitors and prokinetic drugs.
5. Go for walk after meals. Keep 2-3 pillows under head in the bed to prevent reflux.
6. Do regular aerobic exercise and loose your weight.
7. Avoid smoking and alcohol if you have these habits.
Don't worry, you will be alright with above mentioned modifications.
Hope I have solved your query.
Wish you good health. Thanks.
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