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Old 08-26-2003, 04:37 PM   #1
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Post heartburn? or what?


This might sound like a moronic questions but i have no idea if what i'm experiencing is heartburn or not. Every once and awhile i get this burning or cloudy feeling in my chest, right where my heart is. It only lasts for a few minutes, but it always scares me, and it makes me feel like i need to cough. But i don't feel like food is coming up or anything.

Does this sound like heartburn or something else?


 
Old 08-26-2003, 10:35 PM   #2
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Does this happen when you've been exercising, or does it happen independently? It could be stable or unstable angina...although I doubt it considering the way you described it, and the fact that it makes you feel like you need to cough. Stable angina (when you exercise) is usually not a sign of any disorders.

What it could be, too, is acid reflux which could produce the pain, although often the main is generally in the center, behind the breastbone, than off to the side, but it can happen. When you say it makes you cough, is it a need to cough, or is it a choking feeling? There's a difference although it could be subtle. A feeling of choking or throat irritation would be more likely due to acid regurgitated, which isn't an incredible danger to your esophagus unless it's severe, often, or prolonged. A need to cough could be due to aspiration of this regurgitated gastric acid, which if untreated for a long time could seriously damage your lungs, if it is occurring. Questions you should answer more specifically are:

How often do you get the symptoms?
Does it happen during or soon after eating? Or at random times?
How long does it take to go away?

I'd advise you see your doc about it, and he/she may give you some acid inhibitors (like Prevacid or something) to see if it makes your symptoms go away or occur less often.

 
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Old 08-27-2003, 05:26 PM   #3
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Originally posted by pdrq221:
Does this happen when you've been exercising, or does it happen independently? It could be stable or unstable angina...although I doubt it considering the way you described it, and the fact that it makes you feel like you need to cough. Stable angina (when you exercise) is usually not a sign of any disorders.

What it could be, too, is acid reflux which could produce the pain, although often the main is generally in the center, behind the breastbone, than off to the side, but it can happen. When you say it makes you cough, is it a need to cough, or is it a choking feeling? There's a difference although it could be subtle. A feeling of choking or throat irritation would be more likely due to acid regurgitated, which isn't an incredible danger to your esophagus unless it's severe, often, or prolonged. A need to cough could be due to aspiration of this regurgitated gastric acid, which if untreated for a long time could seriously damage your lungs, if it is occurring. Questions you should answer more specifically are:

How often do you get the symptoms?
Does it happen during or soon after eating? Or at random times?
How long does it take to go away?

I'd advise you see your doc about it, and he/she may give you some acid inhibitors (like Prevacid or something) to see if it makes your symptoms go away or occur less often.
Well I'm only 20 so i think it's probably more of heartburn or something to that effect. I'm not overweight and i'm fairly active. It doesn't happen usually when i'm running or being active. It happens at random times, sometimes in the middle of the day, but most of the time at night, but not always after a meal. It doesn't happen often, maybe once every two weeks, if even that. It only lasts a few minutes at the most, maybe three or four heartbeats, and then its gone. It sort of tickles, so i feel like i need to cough. Sort of like when you have that urge to cough when you're ill.

Once when it happened it kept happening pretty often. It would happen for about a minute and then go away and then a few minutes later come back. I thought it was just heartburn so i started to eat some tums, and it went away. So i figured it was just heartburn.

I wish i could describe it better. It sort of feels like a flutter in my heart, but then it does feel like it burns in my chest too, and then i cough. I've never mentioned it to my doctor before because i didn't really think it was too serious. And i'd feel stupid if it was really just heartburn.

 
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