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9 yr old daughter was DX with flu yesterday and given Tamiflu. She now has a cough and complains of chest pain w/cough and when swallowing food or drink. Could this be start of pneumonia? Fever is 99.5-100.6.Flu scares me as I know kids have died.

9 yr old daughter was DX with flu yesterday and given Tamiflu. She now has a cough and complains of chest pain w/cough and when swallowing food or drink. Could this be start of pneumonia? Fever is 99.5-100.6.Flu scares me as I know kids have died.

Yes: Flu can include an invasion of the lungs by the germ and an extensive outpouring of mucous triggering cough. It can and does get bad in some patients. Her age makes it likely she will beat this. As long as you can carry on a conversation with her, she drinks and feeds & shows no increasing breathing discomfort you can monitor at home. If this changes or she spooks you have her re-evaluated. ...Read more

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Right side chest pain when swallowing?

Right side chest pain when swallowing?

GERD: Most likely acid reflux, but other things needs to be ruled out. See gastroenterologist or pcp. ...Read more

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When eating a long wide carrot shaving got stuck on route. I can breathe ok. Now chest pain when swallowing water on right side. Should I just wait?

When eating a long wide carrot shaving got stuck on route. I can breathe ok. Now chest pain when swallowing water on right side. Should I just wait?

Caution advised: Hopefully, it's a simple mild scrape of the esophagus. However, one should not take the risk of waiting. It would be advisable to see a gastroenterologist or an otolaryngologist who could visualize the area with an endoscope. ...Read more

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If you have chest pain when swallowing, could this be the heart or the stomach?

Probably esophagus: Pain when swallowing could be an esophageal problem. It could be simple dysmotility, reflux, to more serious cancer.
Don't fool around with this one. ...Read more

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What are the causes of upper chest pain and/or face pain when swallowing pills with water?

What are the causes of upper chest pain and/or face pain when swallowing pills with water?

Nothing: A bump at the end of your sternum is probably your xlphoid proccess. A normal bone that many people discover for the first time when they feel around there and think it is new or a problem. Please contact your primary provider to evaluate this further if it dosen't resolve soon ...Read more

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I am experiencing throat swelling, throat lump or bulge, pain when swallowing and chest pain or discomfort, spit up blood when I woke up (severity: moderate). ..

I am experiencing throat swelling, throat lump or bulge, pain when swallowing and chest pain or discomfort, spit up blood when I woke up (severity: moderate). ..

Globus sensation or?: Sounds like you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." Alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophaeal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms" or dysmotility. Certainly spitting up blood warrants evaluation ASAP please. ...Read more

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My daughter, at the age of 11, is having severe chest pains, pain when swallowing, pain when burping, a sore throat, and a cough. Please help. ?

My daughter, at the age of 11, is having severe chest pains, pain when swallowing, pain when burping, a sore throat, and a cough. Please help. ?

Swallowing tube: At her age this is classic for acid reflux irritation of her swallowing tube. Pain is usually just left of the mid chest & sometimes worse with pressure over the left upper abdomen. Tums might provide brief help. Avoid caffeine, carbonation and laying down within an hour of feeding. Set up a visit with her doc to go over the issue. ...Read more

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I've been having chest pain while swallowing food.

Esophagitis: Esophagitis, inflammation of lining of esophagus, usually caused by gastroesophageal reflux or vomiting excessively. Esophagitis can be caused by infection of esophagus. If left untreated, this condition can become very uncomfortable, causing problems with swallowing, ulcers, and scarring of the esophagus. Should see physician for workup and proper medical therapy. ...Read more

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What causes chest pain when taking deep breaths and when swallowing food?

What causes chest pain when taking deep breaths and when swallowing food?

Several: You should not have chest pain when taking a deep breath or on swallowing. You better get checked. ...Read more

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I have heavy chest pain, when I take a deep berth it feels like stabbing pains especially when I swallow food or any drink.?

I have heavy chest pain, when I take a deep berth it feels like stabbing pains especially when I swallow food or any drink.?

Merits evaluation: The sharp pain with taking a deep breath suggests possible pleurisy (inflammation of the outer lining of the lung). The heaviness can be due to a large number of problems, including infection. Your symptoms merit a visit to your doctor for a careful evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes front and rear chest pain while swallowing? It feels like the food stuck and then pass through. But I don't have any problem in breathing.

What causes front and rear chest pain while swallowing? It feels like the food stuck and then pass through. But I don't have any problem in breathing.

Front and rear chest pain: One possibility is possible food impaction secondary to esophageal spasm.This can happen when people swallow food too quickly;not chewing food well ; stricture or even a tumor (very rare)
The esophagus gets tight, constricts, causing chest or back pain.It's not connected to lungs.
Stress can be underlying factor in some patients.
If persists, might need removal of food in ER or need endoscopy ...Read more

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After I swallow food or drink anything I have chest pain that burns and sharp. Goes away seconds after food passes. Started yesterday, acid coming up?

Gastroenterologist: Sounds like reflux or some other problem with stomach or esophagus. Would discuss seeing a gastroenterologist with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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I have eosonophilic esophagitis, need2 drink2 swallow heartburn chest pain now food makes me feel sick. I don't want to eat. Last time lostlotweight?

I have eosonophilic esophagitis, need2 drink2 swallow heartburn chest pain now food makes me feel sick. I don't want to eat. Last time lostlotweight?

Esophagitis: You should be evaluated with an endoscopy to see if
there is anything else going on. I see you are not on any stomach medication. You should discuss with your doctor starting something to decrease any acid production. Try to use BOOST shakes to keep your
protein and calories going in. ...Read more

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My granny is 75 she says she has pain in her chest and feel like food or even water is stuck in her throat, chest pain even when she swallow?

My granny is 75 she says she has pain in her chest and feel like food or even water is stuck in her throat, chest pain even when she swallow?

Swallowing: This is an urgent problem. Her family physician can assist, but she needs an evaluation at the GI specialist's office. ...Read more

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Having pain in chest when swallowing food/drinks for ~week. Saw doc & prescribed heart burn meds, but isn't helping. Pain seems more constant now.?

Having pain in chest when swallowing food/drinks for ~week. Saw doc & prescribed heart burn meds, but isn't helping. Pain seems more constant now.?

Got wrong diagnosis: If the pain is coming from your esophagus because of reflux from your stomach make sure you take some liquid antacid which will neutralize the acid on the way down to your stomach. If the pain is coming from your stomach food of any sort will initially help. Ulcers can be treated with 2 antibiotics and an antacid in about 5-6 weeks. If not better U may need gastroscopy. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am experiencing chest pressure for the first time ever after eating 3 donuts. There's just a sudden mid chest pain & tightness after swallowing food?

Pain w/ Eating: Sounds like it could be esophageal spasm. In the absence of other risk factors for more serious conditions, spasms on there. I would like a man eating smaller portions to see if the symptoms resolve ...Read more

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I am experiencing lip swelling, hives (urticaria) and chest pain or discomfort whenever I swallow food or drink.?

I am experiencing lip swelling, hives (urticaria) and chest pain or discomfort whenever I swallow food or drink.?

See your doctor: For evaluation ASAP, go to ER or urgent care, you may want to keep emergency medicines handy, as injectable epinephrine, and antihistamines, also need to check your heart, and stomach, good luck ...Read more

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Pain when swallowing water/foods? Its not in sternum, more towards outer right side of chest in the ribs & back. Had clear chest X-ray @er last night.

Pain when swallowing water/foods? Its not in sternum, more towards outer right side of chest in the ribs & back. Had clear chest X-ray @er last night.

See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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I'm having right chest pain when I swallow. Only in one spot & only when I swallow. It's not behind the breast bone. Swallowing saliva or food?

I'm having right chest pain when I swallow. Only in one spot & only when I swallow. It's not behind the breast bone. Swallowing saliva or food?

Your symptoms need: More advanced evaluation and testing than can be provided over the internet. Make an appointment with your health care professional as soon as possible for appropriate testing and examination. ...Read more

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Trouble swallowing+pain at times, chest pain, shortness of breath, feeling of food stuck, hiccups after eating/drinking, acid reflux. Could it be cancer?

Trouble swallowing+pain at times, chest pain, shortness of breath, feeling of food stuck, hiccups after eating/drinking, acid reflux. Could it be cancer?

Could be: While it could be, it's not likely. What is certain is that you need a test called EGD - you need to see a gastroenterologist for this. You sound like you have a stricture that would benefit from being dilated. ...Read more

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Started choking on food when eating/swallowing. Throat full of phlegm. Constant lump in throat feeling always swallowing. Afraid to eat-there've been 2 times I almost didn't get food out of mouth/throat in time. Cough, rib/chest pain. Ideas/Help please?

Started choking on food when eating/swallowing. Throat full of phlegm. Constant lump in throat feeling always swallowing. Afraid to eat-there've been 2 times I almost didn't get food out of mouth/throat in time. Cough, rib/chest pain. Ideas/Help please?

Be seen: What you are describing medically would be called dysphagia, there are multiple causes. Among the more common is chronic reflux disease leading to constrict ute of the esophagus. Consider being seen. Work up would likely include a swallowing study and an egd. ...Read more

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What does chest pain from swallowing and eating mean?

Esophagus: Esophageal spasm, inflammation (esophagitis), ulcers or stricture (scarring forming a narrowing) can all cause chest pain from swallowing. Pain with swallowing or difficulty swallowing are considered "alarm symptoms" and warrant an evaluation and treatment. Sufficient damage over a period of time increases risk for barrett's esophagus, considered to be a pre-cancerous condition. ...Read more

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I have chest pain, as if I swallowed something hard that won't pass. I feel the pain even on my back?

I have chest pain, as if I swallowed something hard that won't pass. I feel the pain even on my back?

Oesophagitis: It sounds like you may have an oesophageal ulcer. Are you taking any medication like doxycycline? You could try some Gaviscon or antacids. If it doesn't settle soon, please see your GP. ...Read more

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Why do I have recurring chest pain like I swallowed hard candy? Lasts for 2 weeks at a time, comes back severely in two or three months.

Odynophagia: Your symptom is called odynophagia. There are many causes. If you'd like to learn more about it, see:
http://www. Med. Ucla. Edu/modules/wfsection/article. Php? Articleid=280. ...Read more

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10 hours ago I swallowed a sharp crab shell and I have chest pain accompanied with a weird feeling like it's stuck, what is most likely happening?

Answer: Most likely, the crab shell caused a scratch on the inside of your esophagus, but if you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, regurgitation of undigested food, drooling, or breathing/talking difficulties, see a doctor. Otherwise, viscous lidocaine combined with Mylanta over the counter can help to relieve the pain, which should resolve in 2-3 days. ...Read more

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My chest pain hurts enough to make me worry. It also hurts when I swallow. What should I do?

Eval: Obviously you are worried because you don't know the cause of your chest pain. For acute chest pain or pressure (new) especially if associated with breathing issues or weakness - get emergency care. For chronic pain issues seek medical care more routinely. ...Read more

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