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Old 03-21-2007, 08:45 AM   #1
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Chest pain + need to burp + not be able to = angina/heart problem

I know this is a lot more difficult equation to figure out that it should be. I know that a lot of people on here post questions regarding whether their chest pain is angina, some other heart problem, or GERD.

I frequently have chest pain coupled with the feeling that if I get a good burp out that I will feel better. However, I am never able to burp. I know this sounds more like GERD (or some other acid reflux) than a heart thing (especially since I have had a negative EKG, echo, etc. and exercise doesn't make it worse or bring it up at all), but I remember someone a while ago on here saying that heart pain often presents as indigestion and the need to burp but not being able to. Maybe that is true, but that is more what happens during a heart attack and not the kind of thing that would go on for more than year, right? Also, my chest pain is always left of center and below my left ribs, and never in the middle of my chest where I believe reflux pain would present.

Any insight would be GREATLY appreciated. This is so damn confusing and frustrating!!!

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Old 03-21-2007, 09:04 PM   #2
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Re: Chest pain + need to burp + not be able to = angina/heart problem

GERD pain can actually be anywhere..it is a really weird disorder...
Can you make yourself burp or do you just feel like if you burped it would relieve the pressure?

 
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Old 03-22-2007, 09:35 AM   #3
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Re: Chest pain + need to burp + not be able to = angina/heart problem

Thanks for the response. It is more like I feel like if I could burp I would relieve the pressure, but, try as I might, I cannot burp enough to get rid of the feeling, except occassionally.

Most I feel the pain/pressure in below my left ribs, in my back on the lower left side and at the top left side of my left ribs. I never feel any pain on the right, that's why I am concerned it may be the heart. But the tests say otherwise, so I might as well trust them.

You really think this could be GERD?

 
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Re: Chest pain + need to burp + not be able to = angina/heart problem

Ross..Have you read any of the posts on the Acid Reflux board? You might be surprised at what this stuff can do to you. As far as what I think, honestly I have many of the same issues that you have and I am just as freaked out because I don't know. My cardiologist said he really didn't think I had any heart problems so my next step is a good GI Doc to see if I can get any relief from them....
Oh also, stress is a huge factor in GERD/Acid Reflux so for me that is a huge issue as well.
Best of Luck!!!

 
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Left of Center and UNDER the ribs (as in BELOW), hmmm? For what it's worth, that's where your pancreas is.

 
Old 04-07-2007, 07:20 PM   #6
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Roscoe, I've been reading up on your past posts, and I have EXACTLY the same symptoms as you. That constant visible pulse between my collarbones and all up my neck. Pain in my lower left ribs, and pinching pain in the sides. A sensation of a HARD heartbeat. I've had ecg's and a chest x-ray, many physical exams, and they all say anxiety. Seems hard to believe, but we maybe just need to beat it somehow.

 
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Galli,

Well, I am both glad and sad to hear that you have the same symptoms as I do. Glad to have someone to talk to but I feel bad that you have it too.

Do you really think this could be anxiety? I definitely have other anxiety symptoms (depersonalization, heart pounding when confronted with certain situations, etc.) and have, like you, had many heart tests (echos, ekgs, etc.), but am not convinced that this is just anxiety.

Can I ask how old you are? I am 29, which makes this even weirder. But I was a big partier in my early to mid twenties, so maybe that affected it? Also, what are your thoughts on this being GERD? I often have indigestion, but some have said that can just be a heart symptom.

This is soooo frustrating.

Ross

 
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I am also 29, and otherwise healthy. I do have some acid reflux issues. I'm certainly an anxious person. I've suffered with anxiety-related shortness of breath on and off for 10 years.

It seems like we're identical! I'm starting to really believe it's anxiety, and already I'm feeling a bit better. I still see the pulsing though. That's the hardest thing to get over, seeing your neck pound away in the mirror!

I'm having my thyroid levels checked, but my doctor thinks there's nothing wrong with me apart from the anxiety.

We can beat this. We just have to get our heads in the right place, and stop worrying. We're both young. (And yes, it IS great to be able to talk to someone in the same boat!)

 
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This is all good to know, but I would like to hear from some of the other experts on this site about the whole feeling like I need to burp and not being able to. Hypothetically, if the heart was weak and had to work harder than other hearts, wouldn't that put pressure on the stomache, causing this sensation? Or am I crazy?:

 
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I know this is a lot more difficult equation to figure out that it should be. I know that a lot of people on here post questions regarding whether their chest pain is angina, some other heart problem, or GERD.

I frequently have chest pain coupled with the feeling that if I get a good burp out that I will feel better. However, I am never able to burp. I know this sounds more like GERD (or some other acid reflux) than a heart thing (especially since I have had a negative EKG, echo, etc. and exercise doesn't make it worse or bring it up at all), but I remember someone a while ago on here saying that heart pain often presents as indigestion and the need to burp but not being able to. Maybe that is true, but that is more what happens during a heart attack and not the kind of thing that would go on for more than year, right? Also, my chest pain is always left of center and below my left ribs, and never in the middle of my chest where I believe reflux pain would present.

Any insight would be GREATLY appreciated. This is so damn confusing and frustrating!!!

Ross
for the first time i have read someone having the same problem that i have been having for the last 2 years.there is this feeling to burp or anexity to burd i cant define it but the feeling is so uncomfortable that i cant describe it.even when i burp the food comes back in my mouth from the left side of the throat.and i have this sensation to gas stuck in the left side of my lower back and below the left side of my rib cage.is this GERD.and how serious does it sound .plzzzz advice me. i also have acidity to a level that i sometimes feel neauses

 
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i am going to see a gastro specialist in a week or so.will update you on vat he suggest.i dont think it is as simple as anexity.lets hope it is!!!

 
Old 05-08-2007, 12:32 PM   #12
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I think that you had a good idea, Ninad. I think I may try to see the same type of specialist (and hope that this is some sort of gastro problem, and not a heart-related problem). Please let us know what your doctor thinks. Good luck!

Ross

 
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Is it GERD?

Best way to find out cheaply is to try Prilosec for 3 weeks, or for a faster diagnosis, daily Zantac (150 mg. or 2 OTC dose) for 10 days or more.
If it's GERD, there should be a pretty thorough remission of symptoms.

 
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Roscoe, I genuinely think that anxiety might be the issue here. I've seen a total of eight doctors now, with my main concern being the grumbling chest and abdominal pains, and the horrible visible pulsing neck.

I'm being sent for cognitive behavioural therapy now! Having had ekg's, chest x-rays, physical exams, blood tests, the doctors are convinced my heart is healthy, and that it's my head that needs sorting out.

Have you considered seeing anyone about this?

My biggest fear is the pulsing neck. But when I show it to others, they all say "what's th big deal? so your neck pulses between your collarbones? so what?"

Maybe we're fixating on something that's not worth worrying about.

 
Old 05-29-2007, 04:20 PM   #15
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Hey Galli,

I am glad to see that people have started to convince you that this all may be anxiety. I myself have been seeing a cognitive behavioral therapist for the past six months, thinking, as you are, that this may all be in my head. God, I hope that it is.

Still, things have not gotten any better over the past six months that I have been seeing the therapist. Through reading the heart, acid reflux and other categories on this site, I have seen a very noticable, disturbing trend: Anytime doctors are not able to find something wrong with someone, they are quick to dismiss it as anxiety. True, anxiety may make things worse, but I truly believe that there is something wrong with my heart (I hope the same is not true with you).

If the pulsing is so normal, why doesn't everyone have it (most people don't, believe me, I check it on others constantly....obviously I try not to get caught staring at their necks (lol))? Also, it is hard to ignore this abnormality when I have chest and back pain often. If the pulsing was all I had, it would be easy to ignore.

Anyway, I am not saying this to discourage you, but just to state my case. I hope that the therapy helps you and that this all stops. I am afraid that it never will for me.

Ross

 
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