Hello Brian, I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.Yes, chronic bronchitis can cause chest pain and shortness of breath. Please see the reference resource;http://www.nationaljewish.org/healthinfo/conditions/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/associated-conditions/chronic-bronchitis/ This may not be worrying but if you did not have an EKG and echocardiography, that would be recommended. Any chest pain regardless of site and severity would require these work up just for the caution. If these are already done, this is unlikely to be serious. Your symptoms also can be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease, which will require an endoscopy and barium esophagogram to establish it. Following measures can be tried meanwhile you are investigated;
1) antacids; Maalox
2) acid blocker; Prilosec
3) loosing weight, if overweight.
4) avoiding alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, chocolate, and tomato based products
5) avoiding large meals. Eat 5 small meals in a day.
6) wait three hours after the meal before you sleep.
7) elevate head end of the bed by 8 inches.
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1) Barium esophagography
2) Ambulatory 24-hour pharyngoesophageal pH monitoring
3) A biopsy of the larynx which may show laryngitis.
Following measures are helpful:
1) Small 5-6 meals a day.
2) Last meal should be eaten 3 hours before lying down.
3) Avoid; fried or fatty foods, chocolate, peppermint, alcohol, coffee, carbonated beverages, citrus fruits or juices, tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, vinegar.
4) Eat slowly so air is not swallowed.
5) Swallowing therapy by a speech-language pathologist.
6) Lose weight if obese or overweight.
7) Elevate the head of the bed by 6 inches.
8) Avoid tight clothing.
Please see the resource;
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Yes Brian. Reflux can many times won't have heartburn and just sore chest and throat and coughing. Please read this authentic resource; under heading
Yes Brian. It is not likely to be serious. You are OK to travel.