The patient complains of retrosternal burning: here's what it could be and how to intervene

Retrosternal burning is a disorder that manifests itself in an inflamed sensation posterior to the sternum, the bone located in the anterior chest wall between the two clavicles and the first seven pairs of ribs and articulated with it

The burning sensation that characterises this disorder is often associated with the reflux of gastric juices from the inside of the stomach into the oesophagus, causing the burning sensation (unlike the mucous membrane of the stomach, the mucous membrane of the oesophagus cannot tolerate the acidity of the gastric juices).

The symptoms that can accompany the burning sensation are various, dry and persistent cough, wheezing, nausea, vomiting, pain in the throat, difficulty or pain when swallowing.

What diseases can be associated with retrosternal burning?

Diseases that can be associated with retrosternal burning include the following:

  • Hiatal hernia
  • Oesophagitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and it is always a good idea to consult your doctor, especially if the disorder persists.

What are the remedies for back pain?

As the contact of gastric juices with the mucous membrane of the oesophagus is the main cause of this disorder, the most commonly used pharmacological remedies are based on anti-acid medications.

However, in order to solve the problem, it is necessary to treat the pathology behind the burning.

With retrosternal burning, when should a doctor be consulted?

If the discomfort does not subside within a few days or if one of the associated diseases is present.

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