This is Dr. David
do you have a history of excessive anxiety or panic attacks?
it sounds like you are having severe acid reflux possibly causing burning of your esophagus.
what strength of omeprazole are you taking?
not touching any food is not really a good option.
you should go to the A&E department at the hospital to see a doctor to get your chest pain assessed.
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you could be having bad acid reflux when you eat.
you could have an ulcer in your esophagus or scar tissue in your esophagus causing this bad chest pain after you eat.
it could be a viral infection or gastritis infection of the stomach as well.
are you willing to go to the hospital to see a doctor there?
I am sorry for your loss.
some of this chest pain could be from anxiety or depression from your bereavement and grieving possibly.
it sounds like you need more help.
is he on hospice care now?
or is he actively getting treatment?
you can try adding stronger stomach acid blockers.
like going to two of the 20mg omeprazole up to 40mg once a day for 1-2 weeks to see if that heps.
40mg omeprazole is prescription strengthen
also you can use maalox and mylanta as well other times of the day to see if that helps.
but you have to take care of yourself. you don't want to develop a worse health issue ignoring symptoms yourself to take care of your dad.
you have to avoid foods which worsen stomach acid such as alcohol, spicy foods, fried foods, black pepper, acidic juices, tomato sauces, oily foods, fried foods.
you might benefit from prescription carafate medication to help coat your esophagus and stomach and promote healing.
that is good.
it does sound like you have a history of bad acid reflux before.
and your symptoms now most likely are due to acid reflux.
I would stick with very bland food,
mashed banans, rice, cream of rice.
scrabbled eggs for now.
and use maalox and mylanta other times of the day to help decrease stomach acid.
ham sandwich might be too salty and fatty for you right now.
try using maalox and mylanta and seeing if that helps.
have you bought these before at local drug stores or chemist stores.
they have them at grocery stores as well.
they are acid neutralizers which can help decrease stomach acid levels in your stomach.
they are usually liquid or tablet medications you can buy over the counter.
also called Rollaids or Tums or Mylanta or Maalox
check the local grocery stores.
I bet they will have something like that there.
I'm glad you have quit smoking.
work on decreasing your stomach acid.
try those other over the counter acid neutralizers.
do see your doctor about your bad acid reflux again.
I hope you feel better.
let me know if you have other questions.
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maalox, mylanta, zantac, prilosec, tums, rollaids.
can all be used.
you can use maalox, mylanta, zantac, tums or rollaids on top of your omeprazole and other meds.
if your acid reflux symptoms continue even after you try maalox and mylanta and is no better, you should go to the hospital
yes, you can use gaviscon on top of your medications as well.
avoid ham and other fatty meats.
stick with lean chicken soup
crackers for now.
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