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I have the mumps, a new strain which is circulating Ireland. I am 20 years old. I am suffering the obvious symptoms, tiredness, swollen neck etc. but I am also suffering badly from mouth ulsers, but of most concern to me.. I am suffering quite bad chest tightness/pain. particuarly when i eat. its restricting me from eating entirely. its almost like severe heartburn? is this normal at all?


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replied May 25th, 2009
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A6651


Mumps is an infective disease caused by the mumps virus. The symptoms characteristic for mumps include: swelling of the parotid glands with local pain, especially when chewing, fever, and headache.


The bad chest pain (especially when eating), similar to heart burn might be related to gastroesophageal reflux disease or erosive esophagitis. Both of these conditions are characterized with damaging effects of the gastric acid on the mucosa in the particular organ (stomach or esophagus) and might coexist in one person. There might be several causes for these conditions, like excess production of stomach acid or a diaphragmatic (hiatal) hernia in which the gastric acid flows back from the stomach into the esophagus, causing damage to the esophageal mucosa which does not have its own protective mechanisms. What exactly causes the heartburn might be diagnosed by a specialist for the upper gastrointestinal tract. An endoscopy of the upper gastrointestinal tract might be most precise in diagnosing or ruling out the possible causes for the heart burn.


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