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Reflux causing severe chest and back pain

Post: #1
06-29-2012, 07:58 PM
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Reflux causing severe chest and back pain

I could use some advice about controlling the pain from acid reflux. The pain in the middle of my chest and back is so bad. Sometimes I can't do anything because it hurts so much. My ENT has put me on one medication after another. None of them worked. He has checked me and he says that my acid is under control but I still have the pain. I know that the problem isn't angina or heart related because they have done CT scans and other tests without finding anything. Could anybody help me? I am finding the pain too much and I have been suffering like this for 4 months.




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Post: #2
06-30-2012, 12:14 PM
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RE: Reflux causing severe chest and back pain

It is too bad that you are suffering so much. Doctors often seem lost when a person does not respond to the medications as most people do. Have you been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia or something else that could be causing acid to reflux even with medications?

Are you on a GERD diet to better manage the symptoms?

Has your GI doctor talked about different classes of medications to try that work in different ways? Has he talked to you about surgery? Have you brought it up?




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Post: #3
07-01-2012, 11:04 PM
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RE: Reflux causing severe chest and back pain

The pain that you are experiencing is likely because of over stimulation of the vagus nerve. This nerve is connected to many other nerves so if it is irritated or overstimulated, it could lead to a lot of pain. Are you using anything like Carafate simply to coat the esophagus? If using that provided relief, it could mean that you have damage from the acid that is causing the continuing pain. Until it heals, the pain would persist. Your doctor should have performed an endoscopy to check for injury. Has that been done?




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Post: #4
07-02-2012, 08:03 PM
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RE: Reflux causing severe chest and back pain

Thanks for the explanations and questions. I do have a hiatal hernia but my doctor said I should not be having that much pain. The acid levels in my esophagus are fine so he could not explain it. My personal doctor gave me a Dexilant prescription yesterday as something else to try along with the Prilosec and Nexium that I am taking. We'll see if that helps but I am doubtful. I have not used carafate before but I picked it up too when I was at the pharmacy. I am praying that all I need is some protection while I heal.

I have not looked at diet but that is something I know I need to do. I can barely eat so it is hard to plan.

Surgery has not been discussed but I think I have to push for it. I don't know why my ENT or my main doctor has not suggested it.




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Post: #5
07-03-2012, 12:09 PM
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They probably have not looked at surgery because they think that there are other alternatives to try before this. Do you have any other medical conditions? You doctors may be thinking that other medical conditions put you at greater risk for surgery. If you have not looked at diet, do consider that because it can help significantly.




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Post: #6
07-05-2012, 02:29 PM
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RE: Reflux causing severe chest and back pain

Thankfully, I don't have any medical conditions besides GERD. I don't think I could take more than this. I will look at GERD diet information. Thank you for the help.




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Post: #7
03-14-2013, 11:56 PM
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I have no idea what might be causing the pain, but I would suggest that you try to chew your food for as long as you can, to make digestion easier. Good luck. I hope the pain goes away or by now has gone away.



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