Posted 23 January 2007 - 12:32 PM
I sometimes have reflux problems too, despite medication for it. And I've had slight chest pressure yesterday and today, right around the breastbone. Not sure whether it's from reflux or something else, though, because my back aches too, and I have a loose cough at times. (I think reflux coughs are dry?)Anyway, to answer your questions, yes I had chest pressure (and a heavy feeling) in and alongside the center of my chest. But I sometimes get aching above my left (and sometimes my right) breast. It seems that passing gas or belching seems to ease it, just as you describe. I can eat low fat 1% cottage cheese and eat up to 3/4 cup of it a day, usually in salads or on a baked potato. I can handle a very small sprinkling of reduced fat grated cheddar, but not much more than that. Also find I can eat a chocolate chip cookie or have one small piece of dark chocolate now and then, but not every day. No coffee except an occasional cup of Puroast (low acid) coffee. (You can find that online.) No tea except chamomile, fennel, and sometimes raspberry herbal. Anything spicy, fatty, tomatoey,or fried I've pretty much given up. Soda too. I can have a little white grape juice or pomegranate juice if I dilute it a little with water. Sometimes I heat the juice/water combo in the microwave, when I want something hot. Makes me think I'm having a treat. Pretty pathetic, right? But at least I can have a few occasional treats now, and that's something.I hope you're not worrying too much about the chest aching (right and left chest). It may well just be reflux. As long as you've had the doctor check your heart, I wouldn't think too much about it. I thought it might be my mitral valve, but it's not. In my case, I'm beginning to thing it's a combination of gettin' old and reflux.