Pressure in chest area

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

marj
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 1/10/2010 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. i've been suffering from GERD for almost a year already. Its an on and off condition, really threatening. i also suffered from anxiety/panic attacks but right now everything is tolerable except that, Im experiencing pressure in my right chest. The pain is almost 2 days now. Its not a heartburn since there's no burning sensation. My throat is pretty fine. Im just worried about this. Is this GERD-related? Please advice. Thanks

couchtater
Elite Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 1/10/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you've been evaluated for any heart problems? To rule out problems in that area?
Some people suffer from chest pains from GERD with no burning. GERD is weird it treats everyone different.

Joy

stkitt
Elite Member


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 1/10/2010 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning! I would talk with your physician or make an appointment as many things can cause chest pressure including anxiety and cardiovascular problems. Do get a medical screening exam to make sure you do not have another underlying cause for the pressure other then GERD related.



Take care,

Kitt

martinm
Regular Member


Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 1/10/2010 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
ive had the same symtom you descreibed marj
no heartburn, but sort of a presuure in chest area. its not painful, just always "There"
I had EKG, blood chest xray, and found nothing..
ypou should have those things checked..
i..and i they show nothing then..im coming to realize..it may be difficult to diagnose..like other members said,
GERD is strange
but hope you get answers soon if you do let me know!!

marj
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 1/10/2010 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
i had cardio tests already including ECG (4 times actually) and xray results are normal. there's no burning sensation. its not painful either. its just a hard pressure on my left side of the chest which lead me to have deep breath. I always lie down and sleep to ease the discomfort. but im working, how can i manage this at work? please help.

couchtater
Elite Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 1/11/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be your GERD causing it. I wish I had an idea on how you can get relief at work.

Joy

martinm
Regular Member


Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 1/12/2010 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
hi marj
I cant even work at the moment, it is very frustrating..i did buy myself a heating pad and sometimes i apply that to the chest area and it helps, hoping the GI doctor can give an answer, if she can ill share it with you

marj
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 1/12/2010 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
hi martin. what does heating pad look like? this is really frustrating, i dont want to lose my job just because of this. feel terrible.

martinm
Regular Member


Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 1/12/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
well mine is one that plugs in and just place it over chest area, i dont know if there is one you could use practically at work
if you go to your pharmacy or department store they m,ight have a bunch of different heating pads one of them migght work..im not saying this is the answer but it helps me a small bit.

couchtater
Elite Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 1/12/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
They do sell smaller ones you can heat up in the microwave without a cord. I use these when I just need heat for a few minutes they last about 30 minutes.

Joy

girl_geek
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 58
   Posted 1/14/2010 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a hiatal hernia which causes chest pains for me sometimes. I've found that the pain is worse when I sit down or slouch (since that puts pressure on my stomach) and better when my body is straight (standing or laying down). When it gets bad at work, I just try to sit up straighter, maybe even recline a bit if possible to put less pressure in my stomach (like slide my bottom forward in the chair then lean back), and get up and walk around every so often. It doesn't eliminate the pain but it helps a little -- have you found any other positions besides laying down that alleviates the pain?

Also, adding Nexium and changing my diet made the biggest difference. I'm not 100% sure exactly what foods trigger my GERD yet, but by eliminating some of the most common GERD trigger foodss my chest pain has improved a lot. Also, I believe stress/anxiety plays a role -- my GERD symptoms and chest pain always get worse when I have to work crazy hours or I'm otherwise stressed out!

For heating pads, you might look into Thermacare products or other similar brands -- they are stick-on heating pads you can wear for a few hours at a time. You can find them in most drugstores, Walmart, etc. They're usually near bandages and other first aid supplies.

However, I do agree that you should talk to your doctor to rule out other conditions before assuming it's GERD, just to be safe!  Cardiovascular problems can sometimes manifest as pain in the right side, and my mom said her gallbladder gave her pains on the right side of her chest before it was removed.


Diagnoses: GERD, small hiatal hernia, anxiety, allergies
Medications: Nexium (GERD), Lexapro (anxiety), Singulair (allergies), Tazorac (acne)
Note: I suspect my GERD was caused by taking antibiotics for acne. Please be careful about taking antibiotics when not necessary!

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Sunday, September 23, 2018 3:25 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,890 posts in 329,278 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161809 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, DragonM.
306 Guest(s), 5 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
mauricesr, Ljm2014, Lynnwood, nursekatb, Szabo246