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Hiatus Hernia and chest pain when exercising

The past few months I have been experiencing pain in pectoral area and down arm when I exert myself ie: walking up hill, up stairs ect. The doctor is investigating cardiac reasons....but the onset of it was very acute and similar to past reflux symptoms of discomfort in my sternum area after having some chocolate and cola. It seemed to flood my chest area more though and had been doing some heavy cross country skiing the 3 weeks previous. I continue to suspect that I have irritated my hernia which I've had since i was a child. So, all cardiac tests so far have been negative, and if this last one is, I will ask Doctor to look at GI areas . Any suggestions at this point? and wondering if anyone else has chest pain when they increase their physical activity?
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replied June 29th, 2013
Hi,
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

It can be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that can causes belching and burning pain and mimics a heart condition. For this, avoid alcohol or drinks with caffeine in them, chocolate or spicy or greasy foods and instead take cold foods preferably liquids like milk and yoghurt. It also might help to avoid eating or drinking for two hours before you lie down. You may also need antacids and proton pump inhibitor drugs for controlling the stomach acid.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.


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replied June 30th, 2013
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It is a fallacy that milk calms acid reflux.
It is an animal fat and as such remains in the stomach longer producing extra acid that is not neutralized.
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