GERD or costochondritis?

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hazelnut86
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   Posted 10/20/2011 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
i have been told i had i have GERD but then the diagnosis turned into costochondritis because the GERD medicine didn't help. 
 
now the last week or so i have been having burping and heartburn after spicy foods or if i get too full.
BUT i also have lifted my 5 yr old who is 50 pounds and my back was killing me yesterday!  then i moved a desk like a dummy! 
 
i took a zantac today at 4 and my chest is still having intermittent pains.  and it IS sore to the touch. 
 
do costo and GERD relate to each other?  how do you know the difference?  if afgter taking zantac, i'm still having the pains, is it consto? 
 
my docs can't even figure it out so how do i expect to.  ha

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 10/21/2011 2:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I've had GERD for 18 months now but I recently pulled muscles below my shoulder and the pain went around my ribs for over a week. My GERD pain tends to be at the front, occasionally travels to my back, but if it does it's in a random way i.e. not always the same spot. Whereas the muscle I twisted caused pain always in the same areas and the pain was brought on by movement and improved after a couple of weeks. GERD pain happens around meal times (worse just before for me) whereas musculoskeletal pain wouldn't have that timing.

Maybe you could keep a diary of the time of day the pain is more noticeable and what you were doing just prior to that? It may also be worth finding a good osteopath in case the irritation around your ribcage is related to any problems with your spine.

Hope things improve soon.

MMM
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mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 10/21/2011 2:26 AM (GMT -6)   
PS: Have you been checked for a hernia?
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opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/21/2011 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
hazelnut-
The 2 are not connected. Since you said it is sore to touch I would say it's the costo. I am dealing with it right now after my reflux open surgery from them lifting my chest up with retractors. Reflux feels like it is under your chest vs. your chest or rib hurting.
Not responding to PPIs doesn't mean you don't have it. I had to try 4 different
PPIs before I found one that worked and even that quit working eventually. I then tried another PPI. Did you see a GI doctor or a GP about this?

Take care,
Bill
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hazelnut86
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   Posted 11/3/2011 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
i saw a GP and he did a chest xray and an EKG and then i did an echo stress test. but no stomach tests. except for my b12 def. recently to see if i had celiac, etc.
the sharp pain i get from this is scary but it's fleeting. comes and goes. usually is worse at the end of a work day. i'm a secretary. ugh
geez i'm 42 and falling apart it seems like. ha
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