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I have a persistent feeling of air bubbles in my chest, if

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I have a persistent feeling of air bubbles in my chest, if I get myself to burp it's more painful. I also have nausea when I eat and lower abdominal pain. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  911DOC replied 12 months ago.

911DOC :

I'm afraid I can't be of much help except to say this.

911DOC :

Pain in the abdomen and chest

911DOC :

Related to eating or not

911DOC :

at age 60

911DOC :

requires a visit to the doctor

911DOC :

there are so many things on the list of possibilities

911DOC :

and some of them dangerous

911DOC :

including pain from the heart

911DOC :

pain from the gall bladder

911DOC :

and problems with the stomach such as ulcers

911DOC :

or even cancer

911DOC :

there is no possible way for me to tell you online what this is

911DOC :

it's good you have tried zantac as that would help with ulcer or reflux pain, but it has not worked

911DOC :

so it's time to get checked, and sooner rather than later

911DOC :

if the pain is particularly bad tonight, then you need to go to the ER

911DOC :

if this is your gall bladder (typically causes pain after eating with lots of gas)

911DOC :

then you might need surgery

911DOC :

if this is an ulcer then we need to know because ulcers can erode through the stomach lining and cause a surgical emergency

911DOC :

it is possible this is your heart then this pain could signal heart disease and could be a warning of a heart attack

911DOC :

are there non dangerous things this could be?

911DOC :

sure there are

911DOC :

could simply be bad reflux, but the zantac should make that somewhat better

911DOC :

could be a narrowing of the esophagus (feeding tube)

911DOC :

the problem is that the diagnosis of any of these problems requires labs and EKG and xray and ultrasound

Customer:

Thank you.

911DOC :

there is simply no simple test one can do when there is internal pian in the chest or abdominal area

911DOC :

you are welcome

911DOC :

standing by

Customer:

I have had 2 EKGS within the last two months.

Customer:

and they have been normal

911DOC :

that's good

911DOC :

EKGs are valuable tools, but do not tell us if your heart is healthy

911DOC :

they tell us, often, if you are HAVING a heart attack, and they tell us if you have had one in the past

911DOC :

but they do not tell us if you are ABOUT to have a heart attack

Customer:

okay

911DOC :

that requires a stress test or a catheterization of the heart

Customer:

I have also had a stress test and that was normal as well.

911DOC :

good

911DOC :

so that puts the heart way down the list as a possible cause

Customer:

that's good news

911DOC :

sounds like this is being looked into, but no answers yet?

911DOC :

have they done an ultrasound of the gall bladder or a CT of your abdomen and pelvis?

Customer:

The air bubbles is relatively new but the nausea during eating isn't. Yes, I have had an ultrasound and CT of the abdomen which also came back normal two years ago.

911DOC :

two years ago doesn't help much regarding your current situation

911DOC :

have you had an upper endoscopy

Customer:

No I have not.

911DOC :

do you have a good primary care doctor?

Customer:

I believe so.

911DOC :

good

911DOC :

is he or she aware of these persistent symptoms?

Customer:

I have an appt with a GI physician in November, I worry about cancer.

911DOC :

I'm very glad you have the appointment

911DOC :

Any particular reason you worry about cancer?

911DOC :

does it run in the family?

Customer:

No, but I hear so much about it so that's the first thing that comes to mind. There is no family history of cancer.

911DOC :

have you lost weight?

Customer:

No

911DOC :

good

911DOC :

so I would put cancer way down on your worry list

911DOC :

this sounds like a GI problem

911DOC :

and not a cancer problem

911DOC :

I am glad you are seeing a GI doctor as they will be the best doctor to get this figured out the quickest way

Customer:

Thank you.

911DOC :

Cancers in the abdomen usually produce weight loss and/or bleeding into the stool

911DOC :

the story you tell goes with reflux or gall bladder or ulcer disease

911DOC :

that's what it sounds like

911DOC :

and since we are pretty sure it's not your heart the GI doc is the way to go next

911DOC :

standing by

Customer:

None of those symptoms. Thank you I feel reassured at this point.

911DOC :

very well

911DOC :

is there anything else you wish to ask me this evening about your problem?

Customer:

No and thank you, XXXXX XXXXX words of God dance in your ears and bring joy to your heart as you sleep tonight!

911DOC :

why thank you! and may God bless you and keep you.

Customer:

Thank you.

911DOC :


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Best

911DOC :

Try to get some good sleep

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will check in with you in a few days

911DOC :

best

Customer:

Thank you.

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