GERD? Heartburn and arm pain

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Deb A.
New Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 7/27/2006 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad I found this forum!  I wanted to ask if anyone experiences left upper arm pain with their GERD/Heartburn episodes?  At least two times a month, I experience really bad heartburn.  It's the kind where reflux is raging!  Anyway, when the heartburn gets really bad, I get a pain/burning sensation in my upper left arm.  The pain is on the outside of my left arm and starts about three inches below the curve of my shoulder and radiates down about 3 inches or so.  It doesn't seem to stay continually, but it definitely gets my attention each time it happens.  I spoke with our local "ask-a-nurse" hotline and the nurse said she didn't feel this has anything to do with GERD or heartburn that she's aware of, but the only time I get these pains is when I'm experiencing the heartburn.
I have read where others on the forum suffer from PVCs, and I'm amongst that group as well.  I guess I'm looking for a bit of reassurance because when I get this stupid pain/burning sensation in my arm, my mind usually wonders if it's got anything to do with my cardiovascular system vs. the gastrointestinal.  eyes
Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 190
   Posted 7/29/2006 4:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Deb!
I have had problems with chest pain and it goes around my sides and back, but not down my arms. I'm wondering if it is heart problems too. I thought the same thing myself about the chest pains, but I only get them after I have eaten and recently found out chinese food is a trigger for terrible heartburn for me.

My chest pain/heartburn will be so bad that I have to actually take pain pills for it to get it to stop.

How old are you, Deb?

I'm 56 years old and have a lot of risk factors for CHD.
I have hypothyroidism (1953), diabetes type 2 (1976), high cholesterol (1989), gastroparesis (1990), FMS (1995), and GERD (2006). I am on these meds for FMS: Prozac 20 mg., Xanax .5 mg., Diclofenac 100 mg., Cytotec 200 mcg. (stomach med to go with Diclofenac), Lortab 10/500 mg. I am also on the other meds for various reasons: Nexium 40 mg., Cytomel 50 mcg., Detrol 2 mg., Reglan 10 mg., Novolog insulin, Novolin N insulin, Bumex 1 mg., Lipitor 80 mg. & WelChol 625 mg. 3 a day with dinner. Also on B12 sublingually, magnesium, Centrum Silver Vitamin, CoQ10.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 1326
   Posted 7/29/2006 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I know you were looking for reassurance but I really would look into the heart disease thing if there is any chance of that just so you can be sure and even then that is not always realiable. I say this beacause at age 42 I didn't feel good in general and had breathing problems and left shoulder pain and left arm pain. I went for 24 hours like that until the breathing thing started to scare me because my asthma inhaler wasn't working. The arm pain would get better when I sat still and put heat on it. I just thought it was my asthma and fibromyalgia acting up. Not chest pain or anything like that. Turned out I had a major block of my LAD which is usually fatal from what I was told. I also suffer from heartburn. So they really had fun with me on a recent trip to the ER for my asthma that was being irritated by my heartburn and I had chest pain from the acid reflux and asthma. They totaly freaked out and gave me all the heart stuff first then nasty stuff for heartburn and then a asthma treatment on top of chest x-ray and cat scan of chest. That was not a fun visit. I had reassured them it was not my heart because had a test the week before but they don't take any chances with that. It is so hard to tell with women because the symptons vary so and me with all my other problems that mimic it. They think my heart disease came from all the years of steroids for ulcertive colitis and in recent years the asthma. Even the heart doc was shocked to find a blockage when he went in because he just thought it was a shadow or something on the scan they did in the ER when they did the stress test because I only have a grandma in her 60's at the time that had heart problems and I was so young. So you never can be too careful with your heart health I guess. Hope this helps you out some. BARB
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent!
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:41 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,004,563 posts in 329,154 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161744 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, rju65654.
303 Guest(s), 6 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Naples, Sarge 83, boris_badenof, Dimitri71, getting by, RobLee