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Gassy chest pains; a constant feeling of needing to burp...

Hi,

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this, but it seemed the closest bet.

Every so often (once a month or so), I experience what I can best describe as gassy chest pains. It's a tight fullness from about the middle of my chest up to the top of my throat (I'm assuming in my esophagus). It feels as if I need to get a good burp out to relieve the discomfort, yet no burp that I can manage is ever enough.

The discomfort gradually progresses into radiating waves of significant aching pain (dull in some areas, sharp in others) in the region of my chest/throat that I described.

Any amount of swallowing aggravates the pain, which proves to be problematic as my mouth starts producing excess amounts of saliva, which I have to continually expel.

The symptoms make it virtually impossible to sleep, if the condition hits at night (which it most often does), and laying down only seems to make the sensations worse. I've found that sitting up or standing while bending forward slightly (as when leaning over a counter, for instance) seem to provide the most positional relief, although it isn't much.

If I hold a deep breath when I feel a wave of pain coming, I seem to be able to bear it a little better than if I exhale or breathe normally.

The pain and chest/throat discomfort usually last a good few hours. Once the pain does subside, I'm usually left with a knotted feeling in the pit of my stomach for the better part of a day.

Since it began occurring more than a few times, I started keeping a log of things I've eaten before the symptoms began. Some recurring foods that may have triggered episodes include fatty red meats, chocolate, and (maybe) dairy.

In researching such symptoms/triggers, I found myself reading about GERD, and at first thought that might be what I had. But the pains I experience are achey, not burning or acidy, as described as the symptoms of GERD.

I've tried taking Tums, Alka-Seltzer, Gas-X, and drinking warm water when episodes begin, but nothing seems to help, other than time.

I know that stress can cause/aggravate such symptoms as well, and in some of my instances that might have played a role, but in others, some of the worst, I felt totally at ease before the symptoms flared up.

I'll be the first to admit that I don't have the best diet in the world. While I don't eat a lot of fast food, I also don't get as many fruits and vegetables as I should be having daily (especially fruit). I don't know if that would play any role here. I do take a daily multivitamin supplement.

Also, I do have a pre-existing heart condition (ventricular leakage after balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonary stenosis that I had as a child), but I don't see how that would be related to this matter, as I doubt any heart-related issues would be associated with the urge to burp.

And I am a 30 year old male.

I know that other people's issues are much more serious, but man, these conditions are quite unpleasant when they occur. Any opinions/insights as to what I might be experiencing, and how to treat or, better yet, prevent it, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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  • norma04599 norma04599 imagazzell

    Hello, have you been to see a doctor as yet? Suggest getting an all over check up, do you have check ups for your heart condition? Ask fo a referral to a gastroenterologist to investigate reflux. Good luck, Hope your issues are resolved.

  • shaq26875 shaq26875 imagazzell

    I suffered the same...severe chest pains and feeling of gas trapped in my chest (no burning or acidy at all and unable to burp or pass wind)..lived on Eno's Fruitsalt and Panadols ...the frequency and severity increased over period of 1 yr. Had all cardio tests ...all negative. Had endoscopy.. showed esophagitis, GERD, Barretts esphagus (only metaplasia change so nothing to worry about) Took Pariet and motilium and gaviscon advance at night for 6 months...follow up endoscopy showed negligible Barretss and was taken off all the meds.

    ​I still suffer now and again..and revert to taking the fruitsalt .....the symptoms are nothing like what they were live before the meds.

    ​See an gastroenterologist and get endoscopy

    • leahbabycake leahbabycake shaq26875

      I have acid reflux since I was a baby and camera down.

      I been to every doctor I know and said if you type in google it says acid reflux gives a burning feeling sadly mine doesn't

      I get a growl what comes any time and makes me feel sick but I can't control it

      And I always have wind in my chest/ throat that I can't bring up as Iv never been able to burp

      Till this year 22 I am and I think I'm burping but everyone says it's just a hiccup sound

      So I have the feeling 24/7

      No meds wrong like gaston

      Or lams or Rennes

      I also suffer from ibs and bad anxiety

      And meds you can think of ?

    • Scarzzxo Scarzzxo shaq26875

      Shaq26875, I've been feeling exactly like this man has described, it's been around 3-4 days now, I'm a female (just mentioning as he mentioned his male) could you please help me with what you did? What were you diagnosed with? Hope you are doing better!! It's such a yuckky feeling sad

    • j92655 j92655 Scarzzxo

      Try a glass of water with about a teaspoon of baking soda.  I usually burp a few times and feel relief within about an hour after I drink it.

      I haven't gone to a doctor yet, but I am pretty sure it's the beginning of some issue with my gallbladder.

    • ray81870 ray81870 leahbabycake

      Try xanax for anxiety... Usually helps me immediately.. Don't take too much of it though.. According to my Dr it's highly addictive so I was prescribed a low dose. Suffered bad anxiety during my wedding preps

    • carlos 87958 carlos 87958 leahbabycake

      Xanax (Alprazolam) is anxiety/panic medication.  In higher doses it can be highly addictive.  I've used .25mgs in the past and one thing I can tell you is any worry you had it is forgotten about in about 30 minutes.  The problem that I had with it made me to passive.  It was to the point where if I had something really important to do I could care less.  I mean even if it meant I was going to lose my job I was like "oh whatever".  I am an estimator in my profession and this kind of passiveness does not work well.  So my Doc put me on another benzodiazapine, Ativan (Lorazapam) and it works well for me.  I have intense anxiety that has sudden onsets and this pill pull me out of it in about 15 to 30 minutes and the best part is that I am able to continue on focusing.  I suffer middle of the night anxiety attacks and .5mgs before bed lets me sleep sound through the night.  It still can be addictive but not as much as Xanax.  I have been using Ativan for a year and I still have no addiction to it.  I do make it a point to control my use though

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    • lbloislane lbloislane Scarzzxo

      Me too!  His description is EXACTLY what I've been feeling for 3 to 4 days now.  Had an ECG and Blood Pressure taken as I work at a clinic - all were good.  I did have significant anxiety about a particular situation when it first started.  That situation has now resolved but the discomfort hasn't - it is such a yucky feeling!  I was just thinking that before - that this is really not a fun feeling to have.  "

      What was your eventual outcome??  I'm just about to try some antacids to see if that helps.

  • shaq26875 shaq26875 imagazzell

    I suffered the same...severe chest pains and feeling of gas trapped in my chest (no burning or acidy at all and unable to burp or pass wind)..lived on Eno's Fruitsalt and Panadols ...the frequency and severity increased over period of 1 yr. Had all cardio tests ...all negative. Had endoscopy.. showed esophagitis, GERD, Barretts esphagus (only metaplasia change so nothing to worry about) Took Pariet and motilium and gaviscon advance at night for 6 months...follow up endoscopy showed negligible Barretss and was taken off all the meds.

    ​I still suffer now and again..and revert to taking the fruitsalt .....the symptoms are nothing like what they were live before the meds.

    ​See an gastroenterologist and get endoscopy

  • imagazzell imagazzell

    Thank you for the replies.

    I haven't had a general checkup in a while, certainly not since these symptoms started cropping up (although I do get cardio checkups every year or two). If it continues, I will probably do as you suggest and try to see a gastroenterologist about it.

    I just wanted to see if my symptoms sounded like a dead-ringer for a certain condition to anyone online before pursuing professional help.

    • lbloislane lbloislane imagazzell

      The sy mptoms are a dead ringer for what I'm experiencing - in every way you describe it.  I could have written your post.  No idea yet what is going on.  Did you find a solution??  I've had it for 3-4 days now - could have been brought on by anxiety as I had a situation that I did feel VERY anxious about - but that has now resolved.  By the way I'm the most super healthy eater on the planet - it would not be possible to eat more healthily than I do, and I've done so for years, so it may not be related to diet.  Though of course a healthy diet is always a great thing  'o) 

       

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