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feel like i have a rock stuck in my chest?

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I feel like i have a rock stuck in my chest almost making it feel like I'm suffocating. At the same time I also feel like trying to concentrate on someting will make it worst and feels like I'm having difficulty swallowing. What is this?


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replied September 14th, 2011
Anxiety and Stress Answer A26849
Hi,
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out. Your concern is regarding the rock like feeling on chest and difficulty swallowing. First possibility that needs to be ruled out is any GERD( gastroesophageal reflux disease). Try raising the head of your bed about four inches with blocks. It also might help to avoid eating or drinking for two hours before you lie down. To help control the stomach acid, one should not drink alcohol or drinks with caffeine in them, or eat chocolate or spicy or greasy foods .

Take some OTC antacid like Mylanta. You can also take zantac(ranitidine)or prilosec(omeprazole).These will help. Also keep your fluid electrolyte balance optimum by drinking lots of fluids. If the symptoms persist then please get it evaluated from a gastroenterologist and get peptic ulcers ruled out.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.




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