constant chest pressure and/or pain behind breastbone?
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Hi Matt, and welcome to the boards! I'm no doctor, of course, but I can safely say that I have been diagnosed with GERD, and I have many of the same symptoms as yourself. If it isn't GERD that you have, then I have no idea what it could be, because it sounds like classic GERD to me (from what I Know of it, anyway).As for treatments, good luck. I've been on Protonix, Prevacid, Nexium... you name it. And lately I thought I was getting better on the Nexium, but all of a sudden I've been having chest pains, as well as brief periods of time when I feel a strong urge to vomit, but I never do...Anyway sorry for getting off topic. I guess if you have an endoscopy and it's determined that you have GERD, the first thing the dr. will want to do is to put you on a PPI (again, Protonix, Nexium, whatever), which as I understand it just reduces the amount of acid your stomach produces.Another thing you can try is eating smaller meals more frequently. In theory they say that eating 6 small meals a day, instead of three large ones, can reduce your reflux symptoms because eating less food = less acid in the stomach which = less reflux. Finally I've heard elevating the head of your bed 6 inches or so can help for night-time reflux problems. The theory being that it's harder for acid to flow uphill than straight across, which makes sense I guess...Good luck with your future treatments.
Hi.Was I glad to stumble upon this. I have had for about a week a constant sensation of something being stuck in my chest in between my ribs. It varied from quite sore to bearable but is always there. I have intermittent burping and feel sometimes like my food is sticking on the way down.Sometimes when I burp my food comes back up but it isnt "acidy" and doesnt burn.It does get quite worrying and I do have an appointment at the doctors but stumbling upon similar symptoms kind of helps a little.Does this sound similar to GERD? I just want to know whats wrong and do something to stop it if i canMatt
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I too have these symptoms and have had trips to the doctor with no relief. I know use digestive enzymes, probiotics and chew my food 20 times from smaller bites and it seems to really help with NO prescription drugs. The other thing you may want to try is taking some baking soda in water right before you go to bed. 1 tsp in 8oz of water. This will help as well with extra acid. Best of luck to you all and feel free to email me!
Alright that clinches it. I'm going to ask my GI doctor to give me an upper endoscopy sometime in the spring. I complained up dull, achy, pressure-type pain to my primary care doctor last September and she said it sounded like muscle pain, or I pulled something. It's on the left side over where my heart is, so it scared me a little. It's not constant, but happens intermittently, but I've noticed lately it's worse after I eat a big meal. If I don't have some sort of GERD thing going on I'll be a bit surprised. I wasn't aware that chest pain could be a symptom of GERD...