Chest Discomfort?

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… I want to ask.. every night my chest doesn’t feel comfortable… I can’t even swallow saliva… and it feels really heavy to the back it feels… like there’s a wind that goes up and down… medicine what is it, mkch.

1 Answer:

Hi AveLaras,

Thank you for asking

It needs to be clarified beforehand, is your current complaint accompanied by vomiting, shortness of breath, or other complaints? What often triggers your complaints? Have you ever taken medication to relieve your complaints?

Discomfort around the chest to the back as if there is wind in it may be caused by the reflux of stomach acid from the stomach into the esophagus. The cause is because the lower esophageal valve is not functioning properly. This condition occurs more often at night because of the influence of gravity which causes excessive pressure on the valve that lines the stomach and esophagus. The habit of eating dinner close to bedtime at night can further aggravate this complaint. In most cases, the patient will feel pain, heat, lump, phlegm, or a burning sensation around the center of the chest. However, in more severe conditions, sufferers can experience nausea, vomiting, back pain, and even disrupt sleep. In the medical world, this condition is called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Apart from GERD, you may also experience discomfort due to other reasons, such as gastritis (inflammation of the gastric mucosa), cholangitis (inflammation of the bile ducts), cholelithiasis (bile tract stones), typhoid fever (typhoid), stomach ulcers, tonsillopharyngitis ( sore throat), heart attack, bronchitis (inflammation of the airways leading to the lungs), and so on.

What medication is needed to treat your complaint can only be determined after the cause of the complaint is known. Therefore, it is necessary to check with a doctor first. If it is true that the cause is GERD, the doctor can prescribe several drugs to treat it, such as antacids, H2 receptor blockers, proton pump inhibitors, prokinetics, or surgery if there are organic abnormalities underlying it.

In the meantime, first try the steps below:

Compress the chest and back uncomfortable with warm water
Don't get used to eating close to bedtime
Don't lie down after eating
Eat less gassy, ​​spicy and oily food
Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Control your emotions well
Avoid being overweight or obese

Hope it helps ya..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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