I have GERD and a lot of muscle aches and pains, so it's natural for me to think of one of those when I have pain. I had been moving heavy boxes a couple of days ago, and drinking carbonated drinks because I was hot. When I got a sudden sharp pain in the left middle ribs, at the back, my first thought was muscle pain, then I thought I shouldn't have had the carbonated drinks. However, my muscle pains are usually dull continuous aches. Since Monday I've had intermittent stabbing pain, seems to be unrelated to position, always at the back, mid ribs. The first pains were quite severe, but it seems to be lessening in intensity.
I am a 57 year old female, 50 pounds overweight, and had a cardiology workup for chest pain last summer that was good - normal stress test, normal EKG and blood tests, echo revealing only mitral valve prolapse, cause of pain at that time determined to be GERD. However, this pain is different than anything I've ever felt before, both in the type of pain and the location. I have been sweating a lot here lately, but it's been hot. I'm taking my GERD medicine, BP medicine, and aspirin, to try to cover all the bases. Trying to figure out if I need to go to the doctor. Hate to go because (1) of the expense (2) I just started new job and hate to miss work and (3) docs tend to blow me off, just blame everything on the GERD.