Q. Why do I feel like having water in my chest, and neck that passes down the stomach?

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by Dr. Nithila A
Published on May 08, 2019

Hello doctor,

I feel like I have water in my chest,and neck which goes down to the stomach, underarms. The precise explanation is like a sweat inside my body that travels in those areas (chest, stomach, underarms, and abdominal wall). What can this be?

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Firstly, this does not appear to be a life-threatening or severe issue. Most probable diagnosis goes with your explanation is of dyspepsia (indigestion) or gaseous issues. Does your upper abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, and burping increase while taking food? Do you have sour water feeling in the throat or chest burning? If yes, it further supports the diagnosis.

You should avoid fatty, oily, and a high-calorie diet. Go for a walk after having food instead of taking rest. Have multiple small meals instead of heavy meals. Have regular sleep habits and avoid stress. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables, fruits. Avoid smoking and alcohol if any. You can get prescribed tablet Pan DSR 40 mg (Domperidone, Pantoprazole) before breakfast once a day for a week.

Do you feel any palpitations or chest pain along with it? If yes then we should rule out the cardiac issue. Anyway, you should get yourself examined and auscultated to rule out any other issues. So, overall, does not appear to be a worrisome matter, and your symptoms do not indicate any severe disease. I hope this helps you and get back if you have any doubts.

Thank you doctor,

I have gastritis, so I feel burping nausea sometimes. I had in the past where I had a chest pain that goes with burping. I have slight chest pain sometimes. I underwent an operation about 19 years ago (stenosis pulmonary valve).

I saw my cardiologist about a month ago. He conducted ECG with 24 hour Holter monitoring as well as an echo. The results were normal. I also had blood tests almost two months ago, and the results were normal too. However, this symptom of feeling like sweat in my chest, stomach, underarms on both sides is new to me. I suffer from anxiety as well. In your opinion can this be a reason for it?

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, many patients with gastritis and burping issues have these symptoms like you. This can also explain intermittent chest pain. Many patients also feels something traveling all the way to head through the chest, which they say is gas. So, these symptoms are common in esophagitis. Also, anxiety can cause similar symptoms.

These symptoms are not related to the heart. Patients who are operated like you may get palpitations or feeling of rapid heart rate, which is not there in you. Also, normal tests rule out this and other significant abnormalities. So, take care of anxiety and gastritis.

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