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Q. I have a strange sensation in my upper chest and throat. Should I be worried?

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Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 04, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jul 31, 2019

Hi doctor,

I am a 28 year old male. I do not smoke or drink. My weight is 185 lbs and height is 6'2". For the past few days, I have been experiencing something new. All of a sudden while lying down, I have experienced a sensation in my upper chest and throat that can only be described as a menthol cooling sensation. It is not painful, but rather a very strange sensation. I thought immediately it was some acid reflux or heartburn (never had either before). So, I tried liquid Gaviscon, fast acting liquid and it did nothing to alleviate it. As the night went on it was not as intense. Again this morning as the time passed, the feeling started to intensify back to how it was yesterday. It is located in my upper chest and lower throat. I have a history of really severe chronic constipation, bloating and gas problem. My diet lacks fiber. But, I have never had an issue with heartburn. I have experienced chronic back pain for several months and the urologist ruled out kidney issues, thinking it was constipation related. Could this all be related? Is there any remedy for this feeling? Should I be worried? Please help.

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Critical Care Physician Diabetology General Medicine Internal Medicine Medical Gastroenterology Nephrology Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors) Rheumatology


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  • To help you better, I need to know few details. Since when are you having this problem?
  • Do you have any abdominal pain? If so, is your pain persistent or intermittent?
  • Is there any breathlessness? What is the status of your alcohol consumption and smoking?

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Hi doctor,

I do not have any abdominal pain or breathlessness. But, I am suffering from constipation. Again more of a cooling sensation than pain for sure.  I just tried Tums today and they helped much more than the liquid. I never smoked and used to have little alcohol once a month. I just started having these symptoms three days ago and never had them before. Thank you.

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Critical Care Physician Diabetology General Medicine Internal Medicine Medical Gastroenterology Nephrology Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors) Rheumatology


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By reading and evaluating your follow up answers, it seems that you are suffering from acid peptic disease or acid reflux disease.

  • However, I would like to rule out any evidence of gallbladder stones that can cause the pain.
  • If you have any hunger pains, any fullness of stomach or gaseous distension of abdomen after taking meals then you should go for,
  1. Upper GI endoscopy - To rule out peptic ulcers.
  2. Ultrasound abdomen - To rule out gallbladder stones.
  • I would advise you to take a combination of Pantoprazole and Domperidone. Also take antiflatulent and anti-acidity syrup like Digene or Gelusil for symptomatic relief.
  • Do not consume any alcohol. I understand that you do not consume alcohol in great quantities, still if you have acid reflux, even small amount of alcohol can precipitate that.
  • I would also advice you to check for any skin lesions over the chest as in case you get them, this could be herpes.

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