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Why am I getting chest pain while having food?

Why am I getting chest pain while having food?

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Answered by

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At October 19, 2016
Reviewed AtAugust 2, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am having chest pain or esophagus pain while having food for the last two days. The pain is repeated for every 5 to 10 minutes. Please help.

Answered by Dr. Pooja Pardhi


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Chest pain can have various causes, and it is essential to consider different possibilities. Pain experienced while eating food could be linked to esophageal disorders such as esophagitis, esophageal erosions, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal spasm, or peptic ulcer disease.

However, it is crucial to rule out serious causes of chest pain and myocardial infarction. To ensure there is no heart problem, I recommend getting an ECG (electrocardiogram) done and promptly consulting a physician.

In the meantime, you can try some measures to alleviate your symptoms, such as taking antacid syrup (10 mL thrice daily for five days) and an antacid drug on an empty stomach twice daily for five days. It is advisable to avoid tea, coffee, oily, and spicy foods.

For a comprehensive evaluation and personalized care, I suggest consulting a gastroenterologist in person. They can conduct a physical examination and further investigations to identify the exact cause of your chest pain and provide appropriate treatment accordingly.

The probable causes for your chest pain include esophagitis, peptic ulcer disease, esophageal spasm, and heart-related problems. Seeking professional medical advice will help determine the underlying cause and ensure proper management of your condition.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Pooja Pardhi
Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Internal Medicine

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