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I have been experiencing severe heartburn over the last week

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i have been experiencing severe heartburn over the last week or so. i have been taking alka seltzer which calms it down temporarily. But for the last 2 days i have been expiercing mild chest pain and now shortness of breath.
what should i do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DIEGO BONILLA replied 1 year ago.
Hello This is Dr. Diego, experienced on Internal medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care.The problem you described is concerning for GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease). Alka seltzer has a NSAID and that can make your symptoms worse. The best for now is to stop alka seltzer and see your PCP. You can take over the counter omeprazole. If your symptoms get worse you should go to your PCP. Let me know if you have any other questions. Please rate my answer.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.
HelloYou should see your doctor regardless, whether symptoms get worse or not.in addition, you how have chest pain and shortness of breath.This needs assessment right now.a. asipiration of acid can cause lung inflammation.b. it can cause pneumonia in some cases.c. you need a baseline EKG. Do not wait at all on this.I am a double board certified US doctor.Find me as needed.Please click a positive on this post.

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