My dad, who is 58 years old, has a persistent problem for past 2-3 months. No matter how less or controlled he eats, he has gas formation during the night, he wakes up after sleeping for 1-2 hours with pain in chest - just below the lungs - and then he has to spend the whole night in discomfort .. walking for few minutes, taking some gas releving tonics does help somewhat - also sleeping in the sitting position helps.. any ideas ? Doctors are just giving some medicines for acidity but that is not helping.
He should probably see a gastroenterologist, who I suspect would start with an endoscopy. Acid reflux can present a number of different symptons, and sometimes no symptoms at all (called "silent heartburn"). Long term acid reflux can have catastriphic results, particularly esophageal cancer, if not effectively treated. Until he is sympton-free, I would push to see specialists and have comprehensive testing done, starting with the two I mentioned above.
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