U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
normal, IL
A 47-year-old female asked:

I am 47 years old and female .i have been having a fluttering sensation on left side under ribs for about a day and a half .what could this be? i also have a burning pain behind my sternum and if i eat it makes the pain in my sternum worse?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Retrosternal pain: You may have an inflammation of the esophagus or esophageal motility disorder. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol,caffeine,chocolate and irritants like aspirin,ibuprofen or naproxen. Take a medication like famotidine to stop acid production. If not improved I recommend consulting a gastroenterologist for evaluation treatment.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Dec 5, 2020


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.