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Recently I’ve been feeling sick when ever I eat or not. I’ve had a headache for the past few weeks but its on and off. I’ve been quite dizzy and have had a lot of muscle and back/neck pain plus a stabbing pain in my chest. Each morning I wake up feeling like I am going to throw up, and each night before I sleep I feel like I am going to collapse and start to lose feeling in my legs. My throat constantly feels like I have something stuck in it, and occasionally its hard to swallow. My throat feels like its closing up and I find it hard to breath, and when I can, only very shallow. My ribs seem to always be digging into my side and ribs a lot, more when I do physical activity. I’m also shaking a lot. No matter what I take it wont go away. I’m also having trouble with depression, and I know it can cause you to get sick, but I know its not doing this. I’ve been through that before. I’m also struggling with my mind, being my own enemy. I can't remember things, focus & am always am confused.

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replied February 16th, 2010
Headache and Migraines Answer A10070
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

The symptoms (feeling sick when not eating, stomach pain or throat closing up) could be due to esophageal reflux (GERD), where the food in your stomach is thrown up into your food pipe or esophagus. This also causes burning sensation or discomfort in the chest area. Another possibility is hiatal hernia, where a portion of stomach herniates into the chest cavity through the diaphragm.

Omeprazole is a good drug to combat this. This should be taken empty stomach in the morning. Along with it you can try over the counter antacids. However it is recommend you see a doctor and take medication under a doctor’s supervision. Avoid heavy meals and eat frequent small meals. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, smoking, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Go to bed at least 2 hours after food.

Maybe these tips will help you. You should consult a gastroenterologist (a specialist who looks after the diseases of our digestive system) or a physician for this if these tips reduce your symptoms. Hope this helps. Take care!

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