Back Pain/Stomach Pain?

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 2/19/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I have had GERD/Heartburn I have had this strange pain in my back that I associate with GERD because it tends to stand out more when it flares up.  It has changed over time and it isn't the same all the time.
Sometimes it feels like something I swallowed isn't going down the esophogus all the way. Kinda stays right there somewhere and it pains and it almost feels like a back pain.
Other times it is a dull pain in the same area.  It is on my righthand side, right below the shoulder blade and inbetween the spine.  Sometimes getting a massage in that area helps.  The dull pain almost feels like when you are depressed and have that "love sick" feeling.  But I'm not either of those then or now.
I'm trying to figure out exactly what it is.  I don't know if that is where my esophogus meets my stomach or if it is where  my intestine meets my stomach.  I have a small theory that I am trying to test out.  I have had some major muscle knots in that area and I wonder if back muscle nots and muscle strains in the back play a part GERD by putting pressure on those organs like overweight puts pressure on the stomach.  It is just a theory, but just throwing it out there.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 2/20/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there;  I know exactly how you feel.  I quit having burning pain years ago, because my esophagus is scarred up.  And with the Barrett's, there is no more pain- those new cells growing don't have pain receptors.
My pain is on the right side, under my shoulder blade.  It is horrible at times.  I've tried the muscle kneading,  but only lots of burps make it go away.  I will also feel a pain/pressure kind of thing on the right side of my throat....kind of like if you are trying not to cry feeling. 
I am positive that I am having esophageal pain there.  If I forget and drink some water too fast,  boy, it hits hard! 

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 2/21/2007 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
  I also get the same pain.  However, mine is on the left side, just under shoulder blade next to spine.  When my gerds first flared up really bad, I was getting alot of pain in my back.  Now, it has subsided some...but some days I still feel it.  It does feel kind of like something is stuck there, and massaging sometimes relieves it temporarily....but burping kind of helps too, but only for a few mins.  It does also feel like a knot in my muscle, but I dont think it is.  I also feel the lump in throat feeling, kind of like when you are ready to cry!!....I think they may be related...My theory is that is pressure, or gas...but Im not sure.  Or esophageal spasms??...Tightning feeling ... I am not sure even what triggers it off.  Sometimes I go for days now with no symptoms at all, then that starts up, Im not sure what it is.  But, its good to hear that some of you are feeling the same symptoms, so that must be all part of this dreadful thing!!!

Patty B.
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 72
   Posted 2/28/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
I don't often post but try to chime in when I hit on similar symptoms.
And voila here's one--back pain.
I have reflux (treated with pantoloc) and have had esophageal pain and pain in upper throat, cracking raspy voice(all of which I don't currently suffer but know it's only minutes before all that could change). I also have had the sore lump in throat like a piece of dry meat is stuck there and not going down.
I just had the PH tube down the throat test to check my acid levels while on pantoloc.

Back to the pain--It's on my left side, between my shoulder blade and spine closer to the shoulder blade and feels as though I've been hit with a tennis ball and it just doesn't go away. I have also noticed that it is directly linked to the pain in my throat (or globus as listed on my ph test). If the 'golbus 'ain is really bad I often experience a sore stiff neck that lasts for days or until the throat thing subsides. At the hieght of my pains I would cry it was so painful and my life was so centered on this dumb thing.
I believe there is a nerve that runs down the neck in the areas of our pain or inflamation that gets affected aswell and we get this pain.
It's a funny thing coz when I tell my gastro guy about this he doesn't get what I'm talking about and doesn't seem to have any answers to this like he's never seen it before yet I can tune into one website and read 5 stories about the same thing without even trying--don't tey have like hundreds of patients?
Anyway just frustrated having docs look at me like I've got three heads.
Patty B.

When I put my foot in my mouth I hope someone will tell me before I wiggle my toes.

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