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belching that seems to ease the chest pain ?

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Hi..i'm kris 43 yr old male..
i started having chest pains about a month ago which haven't gone away , during this time i have had a few more symptons such as left upper arm and shoulder pain. Also have trapped wind and upper abdominal tenderness, my stomach makes lots of gurgling sounds. Its difficult to pass wind and seem to be doing alot of belching instead that seems to ease the chest pain abit. The chest pains are mainly at the base of the center of my chest just above the tender part of my adomon. but they have also been under my left side by my arm, and rarely down the right slide. I normaly sleep on my left side but now its to tender.. it is scaring me alittle can anyone please help..
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replied January 31st, 2011
Hello, and thank you for your medical question on e Health Forum.

From the available history, the symptoms of severe epigastic chest pain, trapped wind, belching could be due to indigestion as well due to reflux disorder or peptic ulcer disease.

In the mean time you can try the tips suggested below.

1. Change and develop good dietary habits including, eating several small meals daily.

2. Diet should include fresh fruits, fiber rich foods.
Avoid spicy foods, fats and fried foods.
Also avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, colas, and smoking.
Avoid processed foods (Junk foods from refined carbohydrates),
Eat freshly cooked food from whole grains.

3. Adopt proper posture.

4. Don't eat for at least three hours before you go to bed. If you have symptoms at night, try raising the head of your bed six to ten inches.

5. Maintaining adequate hydration.

6. Adopting a sitting upright posture for 1 hr post meals will help in relieving the symptoms.

7. Avoid foods to which you are intolerant.

8. In addition, using activated charcoal (For stomach gas), OTC antacids (tums, mylanta, maalox) and Omeprazole (acid reducer) will also help the symptoms.

You might consider consulting a physician who after a physical examination can rule out other conditions including angina, heart disease, etc.

I hope you find this helpful in making your health care decisions.



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