I'd like to start off by saying WELCOME TO HW! You have found a great place for support and understanding!
Definitely seek the consult of a gastroenterologist. I work in the medical field and know that this is the second line of action after ruling out a cardiac source for your chest pain. Your symptoms could come from a esophageal stricture, or narrowing, gastroesophageal reflux, an ulcer, or perhaps something with your gallbladder. They will be able to rule in or out the majority of problems by doing an EGD, also called an upper endoscopy, by sedating you and placing a camera through your mouth, down into the esophagus and stomach. It is quite painless and you really don't remember much of anything because of the medications they give you beforehand.
I must also say that I am NOT A DOCTOR, so please consult yours to send you on to a GI, if your insurance requires a referral.
Best of luck to you, and please do post back and let us know how it goes. Apparently, your 8 a.m. is my afternoon....so even you posting at night works out and you should receive a response!
Edited to add: Perhaps you could start off now by keeping a record of what you've eaten before the symptoms start, you may find a link. Maybe something spicy or acidic sets it off. You will be one step ahead of the doctor then because he will likely ask you if you've found a correlation between food and the pain. You might also try antacids like Tums or Rolaids...or perhaps some Pepcid or the like....this way you can tell him what you have tried and if it helps or not.
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Post Edited (Mochiah) : 2/26/2008 3:03:39 PM (GMT-7)