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Dull pain, burning sensation in chest, nausea after COCAINE.

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Dear Sir/Madam,
For the last 6 weeks I have been suffering with the following system:

1) Dull aching pain in the center chest area (Constant).
2) An occasional burning sensation in the center chest and sternum.
3) An occasional (slight) nausea feeling.
4) A slight feeling of being short of breath.

I have recently had a full examination with a Cardiologist, who was able to rule out any heart condition.
The issue started after one night of consuming large amounts of cocaine. It was a one off, and I do not take this drug (or any other) on a regular basis.

I am a 47 year old male Caucasian. I'm 5'11 and weigh 203 lbs. I'm in good physical condition and frequent the gym (4 days a week). I'm a non-smoker and drink very little alcohol. My eating habit is healthy. My only vice would be my coffee intake (4-5) cups per day.
I was advised by the Cardiologist to take a NSAID (Aspirin) for two weeks following the cocaine consumption along with PPI (Nexium). Since then, I have stopped taking the Aspirin but still take Nexium 20mg twice daily.
1) How long should I be taking the PPI for? ( I’m concerned with having to take this medication on a long term basis, due to any side effects)

2) What could be the cause for this to be persistent/constant?

3) Are there any specific test’s that I can have done?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Category: Family Physician-GP

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Thank you for your query at
I understand your concern.
From your history, it seems like a reflux disorder, since the cardiac evaluation is normal, and I will advise you to take a combination of Rabeprazole and Domperidone twice daily for 2 weeks. It also falls under the PPI category, and has no long term side effects.
If it still does not resolve, I will advise an endoscopy, because this is definitely related to gastric causes, rather than any cardiac problems.
Please feel free to discuss further,

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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