Deep horrific pain between shoulder blades... GERD?

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Cloe773
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   Posted 6/30/2013 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
For years I have suffered with a horrible pain in between my shoulder blades. It almost feels like a spasm, but far worse. I am wondering if this could be another symptom of GERD and if anyone else has suffered something similar? I used to think it was related to my TMJ but now am not so sure....

Shark63858
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   Posted 6/30/2013 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you slouch a lot because maybe when the pain isn't there as well?

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   Posted 6/30/2013 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I get this pain also but it moves from my back to the sides of my ribs. My doctor thinks its IBS, a side effect from Nexium or SIBO. I thought it was Gerd, I still am not sure. I did cut out some IBS triggers and it has helped. I am still trying to figure it out. I used to get esophageal spasms mostly in my chest but with magnesium, that disappeared.
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Alcie
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   Posted 7/1/2013 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cloe.

Have you seen a doctor about this condition? Heart problems, especially in women, are frequently felt in the back.

After seeing a cardiologist and getting cleared, I would see a gastroenterologist.

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   Posted 7/1/2013 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Cloe-

Yes GERD can be felt there as well as Gallbladder issues and as Alcie said heart issues. I would see your doctor and let them decide who to see for this.

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Bill
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Cloe773
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   Posted 7/1/2013 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I've already been tested for both heart and gall bladder. I will say,,, it had been suggested that I may have food allergies. So I've cut out gluten and dairy for the last three days. Tonight, I feel a world of difference so far. No burning, minimal reflux. I think our GI drs are so quick to prescribe a pill rather than try to figure out the root of what is causing the issue! Hoping this helps things

Alcie
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   Posted 7/3/2013 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you had some tests done. That's the safe thing to do. It's good to have negative results.

If you think you may have food allergies - or sensitivities - don't cut 2 things at once. Just stop one thing at a time.

Most important is keeping a really good food journal - see many posts, threads using the search box at the top of the page. Write down the date, time, everything you eat, drink, meds, and symptoms or reactions. I like to use a not too small notebook or calendar so I have space. Part of the reason for keeping a journal/log/diary is because some people have reactions as much as 2 days after eating a food trigger. (example: migraines caused by sulfites)

A really good allergist can help. Skin prick testing isn't too bad, but blood testing and others are notoriously unreliable. If you start getting a list of foods causing problems an allergist can advise you about challenge testing. Don't do this by yourself if you have serious reactions. (See the search box.) I get stomach problems and tachycardia reactions.

If you think you might have a problem with gluten (there are at least 100 varieties) consider it might be just a wheat intolerance or allergy or sensitivity (those are different things). A gastroenterologist can take a tiny sample of your small intestine - the only reliable test for celiac.

I have food intolerances and they are easy to deal with. I don't have a problem with milk proteins, just the milk sugar - lactose. Try drinking lactose-free milk, no cheese, no ice cream for a while.

I have problems with bread, but less if it's preservative-free. Possibly 2 things going on, wheat sensitivity and the sulfites in store-bought bread. I can tolerate 2 thin slices of bread from a store that advertises no preservatives or home-made bread. I see my allergist soon and will ask if there's a skin prick for wheat.

I can't drink wine unless it's just a tiny glass of my own home-made with no sulfite added. There are sulfites in grapes, but I tolerate a little.

Let us know how it's going. Best wishes!
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