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Chest pains - why?

I've been to the doctors because i was gettin chest pain they have given me pills as its inflamed or something they are work but now im getting chest pains everytime i eat why is this

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There is a broad list of conditions which can case chest pain, some of which are related to the heart itself and others of which are not. From what you've described, it sounds like your physician had an idea as to what might have been causing your symptoms. However, if you are still having chest pain it is important for you to let your physician know this right away. He or she might want to see you again immediately in the office, or, depending on what your symptoms are, he might want you to be seen for immediate evaluation in an emergency room. Chest pain is a symptom that should never be taken lightly. The chest pain that you describe after eating could well be related to acid reflux, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). This occurs when acidic contents from the stomach 'back-up' into the esophagus and cause a burning sensation in the center of the chest that can be very uncomfortable. There are several things you can do to prevent these symptoms. First, you should avoid eating before bed. Next, you should avoid spicy, acidic, or caffeinated foods and beverages. Finally, your physician may want to prescribe a medication that lowers acid production in the stomach. Hopefully you will be feeing better soon. However, in the short-term, it is very important that you contact your physician's office right away to discuss your symptoms of chest pain to make sure that more urgent intervention is not needed.

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