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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: chest pain


 cybrwolf - Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:00 am

I am a healthy 38 year old, exercise regularly. About 9 days ago, I started experiencing a sore throat, and what feels a bit like heartburn (but TUMS and antacids do not help). I wondered if itt may have something to do with using Afrin on nearly daily basis for three days prior due to difficulty breathing with pollens currently present. Quit the Afrin, and sore throat seemed to begin to subside somewhat. "Heartburn" feeling, however, has
continued, and at times is very painful, can feel like a stabbing straight through my chest, and even feel 'bruised' on surface in breastbone area. Somewhat painful to take deep breaths.

I am wondering about GERD or Pleurisy... as I don't really feel that it's my heart....
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:10 am

User avatar Hi cybrwolf,
GERD may cause a variety of symptoms, ie, chest pain, regurgitation, heartburn, hoarseness, sore throat, asthma like symptoms, etc., etc. However, any persistent symptoms should be evaluated by your physician. If it is indeed GERD that is causing your symptoms, treatment with medications, ie., ranitidine, famotidine, etc., are usually the initial course.
Sincerely,
Theresa Jones, RN

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