I have a strange tightness in my chest right below my sternum. I would describe it as the feeling you get when you swallow a chip that might have been a little too large. Details below....
I've been suffering through what I would call chronic heartburn for years now. My Dr prescribed prevacid and that has successfully treated the symptoms. Ive been taking about 1 pill a day and symptoms return promptly if I forget to take a dose.
Recently I ran out of prevacid on a vacation and I used acid reducer tablets which did not do as good of a job treating the symptoms. I went about 5 days without prevacid.
The next week (after being back on prevacid for a day) I started experiencing a tightness in my chest right below my sternum when I exercised. I did NOT experience shortness of breath or an overly increased heart-rate. The symptoms were much worse when I performed cardio with my arms (elliptical machine) rather then jogging or walking. The tightness went away almost immediately after I stopped exercising and I never felt any pain anywhere else in my body.
A day or two later I started feeling the tightness throughout the day, not just while exercising. My EKG was normal and my Dr could not detect any abnormal sounds from my heart. He told me to up my dosage of prevacid to 2 a day until the problem goes away.
So far (after 1.5 weeks) the symptoms have not improved and it is getting in the way of my exercise routine.
I would love any advice before I visit a specialist.
Background: 27 years old, Chronic heartburn for several years, Asthma since birth(but no attacks in many years)
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