Does GERD cause pain in the middle and upper back?

Does GERD cause pain in the middle and upper back?

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lilcee
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Does GERD cause pain in the middle and upper back?

I've been to different doctors for a lot of pain in the middle and upper part of my back - sometimes lower back too. My legs hurt when I walk and sometimes my feet are numb. My shoulders hurt and I feel all tight and it feels like I can't get a good breath, like someone is sitting on me and squeezing all the air out of me. It seems to be coming from a certain spot in my back - right in the middle. If I press on it, I get pain in other places and it hurts for a long time after that.

Anyways, I've been to different doctors and all they can tell me is that I have GERD. Does that make it hurt like that? I've been sent to PT but don't know the cause of the pain. Will the PT help when I don't know what it is or should I find a back doctor to go to? What kind of doctor actually looks at the back and spine?

I've been to a rheumatologist (he sent me to PT) and a gastroenterologist (for pain in my abdomen - he did tests and said I have GERD. I told him my back hurt and he sent me to a physical medicine/rehab doctor who didn't do any tests but sent me to PT again). I don't know what to do next or who to see. I'm getting tired of going to doctors and getting the run around.

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Hi Lilcee

Your Primary Dr. should be thorough with their exam and let them know that you're also having back pain. X-rays and an MRI are usually ordered if you have ongoing symptoms of back pain. Let the Dr. know if you're having leg pain and feet numbness as these are important symptoms to guide the Dr. to order certain tests and do their exam. It could be that you have more involved then GERD as that should affect your upper GI tract and not affect your numbness in your feet but I'm not a Dr.. My Dr. also thought I had strained my back and had issues from the mild scoliosis I have so at first she ordered Physiotherapy and massage. But with ongoing symptoms I didn't want to ask her as she is the Dr. but since I knew there was something going on more than a back strain I asked for an MRI but ideally a Dr. would order that especially with leg symptoms. I then had to have an EMG to test my nerves after the MRI.
Please know I'm not a Dr. and only a Dr. can give medical advice just letting you know my experience. I hope they find out what's going on and may require frequent visits with a list of symptoms. If you continue to have shortness of breath and chest pain that is something that requires immediate attention. Take care. Charry

DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

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I sounds weird, but if the

It sounds weird, but if the root nerves from your spine that go to your stomach are irritated it can cause or aggravate stomach problems. since doctors haven't really helped you, Id try a chiropractor. They can diagnose and correct small misalignments of the spine that wouldn't have a surgical option, but can still irritate the nerves. Ive had the same problem and been on several anti-acids, elevated my bed, quit eating fried foods, etc. then i started seeing a chiropractor and it all got better. Though i do still need to watch what i eat. I know many people are afraid of chiropractors, so id ask around to get a name of someone a friend likes. Also make sure they take x-rays and answer all your questions. Ive worked with and been a patient of chiropractors for over 5 years now and its amazing what keeping the spine in proper alignment can do for pain and various conditions I had never thought could be helped by adjusting the spine.

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other symptoms of GERD

I like the Chiropractor suggestion. (Of course, that's just my opinion.) I would definitely recommend you get one that comes highly recommended, one that practices Kinesiology.

Do you have any other symptoms of GERD besides the pain? Do you have heartburn? Shoulder or arm pain? Belching? Have they considered or looked at your GALL BLADDER as the possible source?

Trust me, I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Just someone who has been there. Just dropping a few ideas for you to bring up with your doctors.

As far as the pains being from the thoracic area of the spine, I have no experience there but maybe it is possible you have more than one thing going on.

I so hope you find the source and some relief very soon.

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GERD

I too suffer from Gerd, and have had syptoms so bad they woke me up in middle of night, felt like heart attack, pain in shoulder, and chest. Was so bad I went to ER thinking it was heart attack.

Other times I have had the pain in mid section, from middle of spine and around side of mid section, when I had that I was tested for gallbladder, but doc said in end it was Gerd.

I hope you find relief for what is causing your pain, and an definate DX

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GERD??

Can someone please tell me what this is?? Smile

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First of all, look up

First of all, look up symptoms of gall bladder disease and see if that looks familiar. Just a shot in the dark, but gallbladder disease often causes back pain, especially shooting back pain, and is often very hard to find on tests (I had several, and mine was suspect but decided to be working fine).

But I have GERD and chronic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). And, yes, all of the above. I get pain back and front, feel like I can't breathe deeply, general discomfort from my breastbone to below my ribs, or sometimes very sharp pain.

What are you taking to treat it? My gastro was not as helpful as my GP, actually, even though he's supposedly the best in the area Sad But I do take 60 mg of prevacid a day and my GP allows me to take 2 zantac 150 a day when it is really bad.

If I do not take my meds, my stomach feels like a burning ball of fire in my middle, and I burn all the way up the right side from the middle to the breastbone.

eta: GERD= gastro-esophogeal reflux disease, a.k.a. chronic heartburn. Often exacerbated by chronic opiate use, I have found. I also have low gastric motility, which probably causes the chronic gastritis.

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Help

After reading lilcee's problems, it really hit home, that I have pretty much the same things going on in my body! I was just wandering if you have found any relief or more information that could possibly help me! Thank you!

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Hi Bri ...

I see that you are quite new to Spine Health. Welcome! You will find this a great place to learn about spinal problems and get support from others who suffer with them. Have you been told that you have spinal problems?

This is a very old post, so it may be an idea to also post in the new members area and to introduce yourself. (Sorry if you have already done that!)

Having quickly read this thread, I smiled as I now know that I have GERD, and am taking daily Lansoprazole to protect my stomach and oseophagus which became damaged by the bile reflux. I have also been diagnosed with several gall stones and have 3 herniated discs in my thoracic spine (as well as the problems in my lumbar and cervical).

Quoting the original posters message:
I've been to different Drs for a lot of pain in the middle and upper part of my back - sometimes lower back too. My legs hurt when I walk and sometimes my feet are numb. My shoulders hurt and I feel all tight and it feels like I can't get a good breath, like someone is sitting on me and squeezing all the air out of me. It seems to be coming from a certain spot in my back - right in the middle. If I press on it, I get pain in other places and it hurts for a long time after that.
Anyways, I've been to different Drs and all they can tell me is that I have GERD. Does that make it hurt like that? I've been sent to PT but don't know the cause of the pain. Will the PT help when I dont' know what it is or should I find a back Dr to go to? What kind of Dr actually looks at the back and spine?
I've been to Rheum. (he sent me to Pt) and Gasterologist (for pain in my ab - he did tests and said I have GERD. I told him my back hurt and he sent me to a Physical Medicine/Rehab Dr who didn't do any tests but sent me to PT again)
I don't know what to do next or who to see. I'm getting tired of going to Drs and getting the run around.

Their description of the feeling of air being squeezed our of them and difficulty taking a breath certainly does sound very much like one of the symptoms that I have been told are probably being caused by the thoracic discs.

Bri, have you had an MRI scan to see what is going on?

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gerd

Bottom line and short answer gerd is normally to much acid in our stomachs.
There are a few meds over the counter that help with this,
They. Gave me omeprozole which is a prescription Med and seems to work better then
the over the counter meds.
For me no more heartburn or gas.
Please ask your doctor about this. A friend of mine had this and died from the cancer it caused