What is this ball-like object in my chest?
Q: Whenever my stomach is full, I feel the presence of a ball-like object in the lower portion of my chest. It is more noticeable when I sit on a chair. There is no pain but some discomfort. What is the cause and treatment for this?
A:These symptoms may be due to reflux of stomach contents into the food pipe. I suggest the following:
- Avoid large meals at one time.
- Do not lie down after a meal. You should stay in an upright position for 2-3 hours after food.
- Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol.
- If symptoms persist take Reglan, one tablet 30 minutes before the meal.