Constant need to burp/yawn and shortness of breath

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Kris4123
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   Posted 2/10/2012 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
So I had a pretty bad case of heartburn the other night while I was at a bar. Drank a lot of liquor/beer the night before and I felt just fine the next morning but it hit me around 5pm. Didn't consume any kind of alcohol while at the bar but had around 6 glasses of water in a 3 hour time frame. Water didn't help much so I drank a glass of milk and that helped instantly. 5 minutes later I started burping constantly and started to panic a little bit but was able to calm myself down pretty quickly.

The next day I woke up with shortness of breath, tight chest, and constant need to yawn/burp. The burping wasn't nearly as bad as the night before. I decided to go to the gym to try and sweat it out. Did just fine, ran 2 miles in 17 minutes, moderate pace. Felt fine the rest of the day but was still having the same symptoms.

I'm not sure what's causing this and I've already ruled out asthma. I've been putting my body under a lot of stress at the gym, just jumped back in after taking a 3 week break. Just got back from the gym once again I felt fine while I was there, still had the symptoms there. I'm not in any kind of pain at all, this is just getting annoying.

I'm a 26 male, 5"11 185lbs, in pretty good shape. I do smoke but I've cut down drinking to around 2 times a week. If someone knows or heard of symptoms like this it would help out a lot. I'm currently registered to the VA Health department but its going to be another week before I can see a doctor.

Kris4123
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   Posted 2/10/2012 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Took some Pepcid AC this morning, made the mistake of drinking coffee and the Pepcid working pretty well. about an hour after taking it I started to go through the episodes of burping constantly. I know it can be caused by swallowing air but its been going on for about 8 hours now.

speedygerd
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   Posted 2/10/2012 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Had you had GERD or Heartburn before all this started? Or are all these symptoms completely new?

Kris4123
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   Posted 2/10/2012 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had heartburn before but only once in a blue moon, usually after a night of heavy drinking. These symptoms I'm having now though are new.

maximus808
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   Posted 2/11/2012 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Kris,

Does your symptoms come and go or are they constant?

Also, what are your symptoms....burning feeling, chest tightness, stomach aches, throat irritation?

Kris4123
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   Posted 2/11/2012 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
They've been constant for almost a week now. The burning feeling isn't constant, comes and goes but I think I've finally found what food and drinks are triggering it. I've had chest tightness the whole time, stomach aches not so much, and my throat is fine.

speden
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   Posted 2/11/2012 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
First thing that comes to mind is a hiatal hernia caused by improper lifting at the gym. This may have displaced things internally causing the LES valve to remain open.

Contributing factors could be a weakening of the LES valve from smoking and alcohol. If the LES is open, then acid producing foods will generate more symptoms, like coffee or high fat foods that are hard to digest. Since you're young, the lining of the esophagus is probably in good shape, so you wouldn't feel much pain from acid exposure, but perhaps just chest tightness. Over the long term the lining could erode through and you'd start to feel sharper heartburn pain.

The yawning is probably a sign that you are not getting deep sleep at night, possibly due to the low level heartburn pain or stress. Not enough to wake you up, but enough to keep the sleep from being fully restful.

Other thought would be lactose intolerance since you mentioned drinking milk and then getting a lot of burping.

Those are just guesses based on your description. They'll have to run some tests to see what's really going on.

Kris4123
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   Posted 2/11/2012 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses everyone. I took some pepcid ac after yesterday morning after I made the mistake of drinking some coffee, and the burps started to come back. I still have that urge a little bit to burp but its nowhere near as bad as yesterday.

Feeling a lot better today though, the chest tightness has gone down and the urge to yawn has gone down somewhat as well. Still plan to see a doctor come monday just to be sure though.

V K
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   Posted 2/28/2012 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ..Waiting to hear what the doctor said...I do not drink or smoke ...I think mine are associated with eating too many chillies about 5 days back and still having 2 coffee's a day..but have absolutley the same symptoms as your's....
 
kindly do let us know the doctor's diagnosis.
 
Thanks and Regards
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